Written statement to Parliament

Terrorism: Theresa May's statement on change to the UK threat level

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 12 July 2011 by Theresa May, and in the House of Lords by Baroness Browning…

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 12 July 2011 by Theresa May, and in the House of Lords by Baroness Browning.

Yesterday, 11 July, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) changed the UK threat level from
international terrorism from severe to substantial. This means that a terrorist attack is a strong possibility.

The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away - there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask the public remain vigilant.

The decision to change the threat level is taken by JTAC (joint terrorism analysis centre) independently of ministers and is based on the very latest intelligence, considering factors such as capability, intent and timescale. Substantial continues to indicate a high level of threat; and that an attack might well occur without further warning. The threat level is kept under constant review.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Date: Tue Jul 12 10:09:57 BST 2011