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Since 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2007, there have been 1,228 arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000 or under other legislation, where the investigation was conducted as a Terrorist investigation. Of the total 1,228 arrested, 1,165 were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and 63 arrests under other legislation, where the investigation was conducted as a terrorist investigation; 132 were charged with terrorism legislation offences only, and 109 charged with terrorism legislation offences and other criminal offences. In 2007, 37 individuals were convicted in 15 significant terrorist cases. 21 of those individuals pleaded guilty. So far in 2008,18 people have been convicted of significant terrorist related offences of which seven individuals pleaded guilty.

Terrorism: Children

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use of children by terrorist organisations; and if she will make a statement. [188264]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 22 February 2008]: Assessment on the tactics used by terrorist organisations and trends are produced by the appropriate parts of the national security machinery. The Director General of the Security Service has said that terrorist organisations are attempting to radicalise young people. As a country we all have a shared duty to resist violent extremism and to protect young people from extremist messages. The Government are committed to working with communities and young people to build resilience to the threat from
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violent extremist groups who seek to undermine our shared values. While acknowledging the seriousness of the threat we currently face, the vast majority of people in Britain reject violent extremism.

Terrorism: West Midlands

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to improve counter terrorism efforts in the West Midlands in the last 10 years. [167514]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 26 November 2007]: Since early 2003, the United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering international terrorism (known within Government as CONTEST). Its aim is to reduce the risk from international terrorism, so that people can go about their daily lives freely and with confidence. The strategy is divided into four principal strands: Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare. The polices and activities which flow from that cover the whole of the United Kingdom.

As part of this strategy the Government have developed a national structure for counter terrorism policing which includes a Counter Terrorism Unit based in the West Midlands. The unit was established in April 2007 and will reach full capacity in 2008. The national structure has significantly increased the ability of the police to gather intelligence and evidence against terrorists and to disrupt them and their activities.

Theft: Children

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were charged or cautioned for robbery in Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997. [189979]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Information covering persons aged under 18 cautioned or proceeded against at magistrates courts for robbery in the Cambridgeshire police force area from 1997-2006 are provided in the following table.

The court proceedings database held by my Department does not contain information on charging. Also, data are not available below police force area level.

Number of offenders aged 10-17 cautioned and defendants aged 10-17 proceeded against for Robbery in the Cambridgeshire police force area, 1997-2006( 1,2)
Offenders cautioned Defendants proceeded against




























(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces and courts.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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