Communities and Local Government Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 21 July 2009

New Inquiry and Call for Evidence

Preventing Violent Extremism

The Communities and Local Government Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into 'Prevent', the Government's programme for preventing violent extremism.

The Committee will be considering the effectiveness of the 'Prevent' programme to date, and its likely effectiveness in the future, with particular reference to the following questions:

  • Is the Prevent programme the right way of addressing the problem of violent extremism, or are there better ways of doing it?
  • How robust is the Government's analysis of the factors which lead people to become involved in violent extremism? Is the 'Prevent' programme appropriately targeted to address the most important of those factors?
  • How appropriate, and how effective, is the Government's strategy for engaging with communities? Has the Government been speaking to the right people? Has its programme reached those at whom it is€”or should be€”aimed?
  • Is the necessary advice and expertise available to local authorities on how to implement and evaluate the programme?
  • Are the objectives of the 'Prevent' agenda being communicated effectively to those at whom it is aimed?
  • Is the Government seeking, and obtaining, appropriate advice on how to achieve the goals of the 'Prevent' programme?
  • How effectively has the Government evaluated the effectiveness of the programme and the value for money which is being obtained from it? Have reactions to the programme been adequately gauged?
  • Is there adequate differentiation between what should be achieved through the Prevent programme and the priorities that concern related, but distinct, policy frameworks such as cohesion and integration?

The Committee is inviting written submissions, addressing any or all of the points above, in accordance with the guidelines stated below by Thursday 17 September 2009.

Please note

Each submission should:

  1. be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  2. begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  3. have numbered paragraphs;
  4. be in Word format (no later than 2003) with as little use of colour or logos as possible; and
  5. be accompanied by a covering letter containing the name and contact details of the individual or organisation submitting evidence.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "Preventing Violent Extremism"

If you are unable to send an electronic version, please send a paper copy to:

Nicola McCoy
Committee Assistant
Communities and Local Government Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

It is helpful, for Data Protection purposes, for contact details not to be included in the text of submissions, but sent separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work may be included.
  • Memoranda submitted should be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised. Authorisation to publish your submission, which is normally granted, should be sought from the Committee Clerk.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.