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Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN 5119, tabled on 1 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to extend the Prevent Strategy to Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

10 July 2015

PREVENT forms one part of CONTEST which is the UK Government’s overarching strategy for countering terrorism. The Home Secretary has responsibility for CONTEST. The primary focus of CONTEST is countering international terrorism, not domestic related terrorism which is the principal threat in Northern Ireland.

The PSNI works closely with other security partners across the UK in relation to the threat from international terrorism within Northern Ireland. The Government will continue to support the PSNI and security partners as they respond to terrorist groups which seek to undermine peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.