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Question for Home Office

UIN 202276, tabled on 24 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to prevent UK citizens from joining terrorist movements in Egypt and Syria.

Answered on

10 July 2014

The Government takes the issues of radicalisation, extremism and the threat
posed by UK citizens who join terrorist movements abroad extremely seriously.

We are particularly concerned about those who travel to Syria to fight.
Our first priority is to dissuade people from going through public messaging,
community events and bespoke interventions. The Police and intelligence
services are also undertaking a great deal of work to disrupt terrorist

Whilst the main effort is dissuading people from travel, the intelligence
agencies and police are working to identify and disrupt potential threats. This
includes interviewing individuals at the UK border suspected of being involved
in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and
cancelling or withdrawing passports of some UK nationals of concern seeking to
travel to Syria. People who become involved with fighting in Syria could
potentially be prosecuted under UK law on their return. But each case is
considered individually. If the police refer a case to the Crown Prosecution
Service, they consider whether there is sufficient evidence of any offence, and
if so, whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.

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