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Internet Crime

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds his Department allocated to deal with internet crime in each year since 2001. (111376)

Specific funding of £25 million was provided for e-crime over the SR2000 period for 2001-02 to 2003-04. Part of these funds were used to establish the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHCTU) in the then National Crime Squad, as well as transitional funding for computer forensic officers in forces. Funding for e-crime work is now incorporated in the baseline of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the new SOCA e-crime Directorate is 20 per cent. bigger than the precursor NHTCU. In addition, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has been set up with£3.5 million core funding from the Home Office plus additional resources provided by industry and NGO's.

Funding for forensic officers in forces was extended beyond the SR2000 period to 2004-05, 2005-06 and funding of £1.1 million in 2006-07.