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Serious Organised Crime Agency: Finance

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total expenditure on setting up and running the Serious Organised Crime Agency has been since its creation, broken down by region. (141918)

The information is as follows:

Running costs:

An analysis of SOCA expenditure by region is not available. Final costs will be reported through the audited financial accounts and laid before Parliament later in the year.

Set-up costs:

(a) Set-up costs 2005-06

These were reported in the 2005-06 accounts of the Home Office, the National Crime Squad (NCS) and the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), each of which incurred expenditure to support the set-up of SOCA. In total, £8.9 million net additional resource expenditure plus capital expenditure of £7.73 million was incurred. Additionally, in 2005-06, NCS and NCIS also reported a total of £10.65 million of their core budget expenditure as being related to SOCA preparations. This included the value of NCS/NCIS staff time spent on the implementation and planning for the new Agency.

(b) Transitional Costs 2006-07

Transition costs in 2006-07 of £33.5 million; including a one-off cost of approximately £8 million, were incurred.