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Serious Organised Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Northern Ireland Executive will have political responsibility for the Serious Organised Crime Agency in Northern Ireland after the devolution of policing and criminal justice. (117619)

[holding answer 30 January 2007]: SOCA is a national agency. Should the policing and criminal justice functions currently held by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland transfer to the Northern Ireland Executive in the future, the Executive would assume responsibility for SOCA as set out in the relevant legislation. This will in practical terms, give the Northern Ireland Executive the power to contribute to the strategic priorities and the annual plan of the Agency, in particular with regards to how SOCA exercises its functions in Northern Ireland, and to be consulted about the appointment to any assistant to the director with specific responsibilities for Northern Ireland.