DCLG – THE PREVENT STRATEGY – 6 December 2016

Dr Julian Lewis: Has the Secretary of State had the opportunity to listen to two important radio programmes on the Deobandis – they are still available on the internet – that were broadcast by the BBC a year or so ago? They shine an important light on some of the problems that affect us. Will he join me in welcoming the section of the report on the Prevent strategy, and Louise Casey’s statement that the public servants delivering it

“should be proud and unapologetic about the important work they do to keep us safe”?

[The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Sajid Javid): I have not listened to those radio programmes on the plight of the Deobandis, but I am well aware of the issues faced by that community. My right hon. Friend is right to highlight it in the House. The report is a reminder of all the communities that we can help through Government action. I am pleased to hear of his support for the Prevent programme. He has been a supporter of it for a while, and that is because he knows that it works.]