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Serious Organised Crime Agency

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency officers have been trained in powers of arrest since 1 April 2006. (124768)

No Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) officers have specifically trained in the power of arrest since 1 April 2006. All SOCA staff who have the power of arrest were designated with this power on the basis of the powers they brought with them from their precursor agencies and the continuing need to hold such powers whilst an officer of SOCA.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency by HM Revenue and Customs officials since 1 April 2006. (124769)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has received some 452 notifications from HM Revenue and Customs relating to drugs, firearms and counterfeit currency. There is an agreed framework between SOCA and HMRC regarding these notifications, some of which will be developed into investigations and subsequently subject to operational activity.