Preventing violent extremism inquiry continues

14 December 2009

The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee is questioning religious leaders and academics in the second evidence session of its inquiry into preventing violent extremism. Watch live from 4pm

The witnesses are:


  • Guy Wilkinson, National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser and Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England
  • Michael Whine, Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Dr Indarjit Singh CBE, Network of Sikh Organisations
  • Brij-Mohan Gupta, General Secretary, Hindu Council UK


  • Suleman Nagdi MBE, Prevent Co-ordinator, Federation of Muslim Organisations
  • Fahad Mohamed, Managing Director, Somali Family Support Group


  • Dr Paul Thomas, Course Leader, Diploma in Professional Studies, Youth and Community Work, University of Huddersfield
  • University of Lancashire: Bob McDonald, Principal Lecturer; Yaser Mir, Senior Lecturer, International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion

Prevent is a cross-cutting policy that is led across Government by the Home Office's Office of Security and Counter Terrorism. Its aim is "to stop radicalisation, reduce support for terrorism and violent extremism and discourage people from becoming terrorists".

The Committee is considering:

  • the effectiveness of the Prevent programme to date, and its likely effectiveness in the future
  • whether the Prevent programme is the right way of addressing the problem of violent extremism in communities
  • whether the Government's strategy for dealing with communities has been effective, and appropriately targeted
  • whether the programme has reached those it aimed to target
  • how the programme has been received by communities
  • whether the Government has been speaking to the right people when formulating the Prevent programme

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