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Organised Crime

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of levels of organised crime in Northern Ireland; and what steps he plans to take to tackle this problem. (185674)

The Organised Crime Task Force Annual Report and Threat Assessment for 2006-07 highlights a range of threats from organised criminal gangs in Northern Ireland. Key threats include drugs, criminal finance, public sector fraud, intellectual property crime and paramilitary involvement in organised crime.

The Organised Crime Task Force has had significant successes in tackling organised crime and continues to work to improve our effectiveness in disrupting the criminals and raising public awareness of the impact of organised crime and the role everyone can play in tackling it.