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Serious Organised Crime Agency

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Serious and Organised Crime Agency’s annual report for 2006-07 will be published. (122906)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency are planning to publish their annual report in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal prosecutions have been brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency since 1 April 2006. (124771)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency are undertaking work to prevent (a) drugs trafficking and (b) fraud. (124773)

The SOCA Board has determined that SOCA should aim to apportion broadly 40 per cent. of its operational effort to drugs trafficking and 10 per cent. to individual and private sector fraud.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Serious Organised Crime Agency is taking to disrupt the smuggling of guns into the UK. (124774)

As part of the UK Control Strategy to respond to serious and organised crime, SOCA has developed a number of programmes of work, one of which is led by ACPO and relates to the response required to address illicit activity with respect to firearms. The programme seeks to build knowledge and understanding of firearms related criminality and, where appropriate, SOCA resources are deployed in support of operations to target organised crime enterprises believed to be involved in firearms crime.