New Forest East

HOME AFFAIRS – TERRORISM – 6 September 2010

Dr Julian Lewis: Has the Home Secretary had an opportunity to take forward the suggestion of the anti-terrorism expert, Dr Marc Sageman, that the transcripts of trials where terrorists are convicted should be published in full, in order to educate communities of the stupidity, moral poverty and criminal hatred of the people convicted in such cases?

[The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): I thank my hon. Friend for his question, which concerns an issue that he raised with me on the Floor of the House on 13 July. I am grateful for the letter that he sent me to follow up on that exchange, and I have passed that correspondence on to the Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for considering the publication of trial transcripts and is examining the possibility of making available more information – more transcripts – about remarks made by judges when sentencing. The Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt), will be in touch with my hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) on this matter shortly.]