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Saturday, 21 March 2009
UK plans comprehensive terror law
Britain's alert level is set at severe, meaning an attack is likely
The UK's new counter-terrorist strategy will be the world's most comprehensive, the Home Office has said.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith wants the paper - to be published on Tuesday - to go into more detail than ever before in the interests of public accountability.
The paper will reflect intelligence agencies' opinions that the biggest threat to the UK comes from groups aligned or inspired by al-Qaeda.
It takes into account recent attacks on hotels in the Indian city of Mumbai.
The paper - called Contest Two - will update the Contest strategy developed by the Home Office in 2003, which was later detailed in the Countering International Terrorism document released in 2006.
Over the last six years the strategy has been split into four strands - Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare - to try and hamper all aspects of the terror threat.
These include preventing radicalisation of potential terror recruits to disrupting terror operations, reducing the UK's and vulnerability and ensuring the country is ready for the consequences of any terror attack.
A Home Office spokesman said the new paper would take account of the way the terror threat has evolved and how the authorities are learning lessons from events.
While the paper would look into the lessons learned from the November attacks on Mumbai hotels, it is not thought that attacks are likely on hotels in the UK.
The terrorism threat level, set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, has since July 2007 been "severe". This means a future terrorist attack is thought to be highly likely - but not thought to be imminent.
By 2011, Britain will be spending £3.5bn a year on counter-terrorism, the Home Office has said.
The number of police working on counter-terrorism has risen from 1,700 in 2003 to 3,000 in 2009.