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Financial Reporting Orders

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 156W, on financial reporting orders, for what reason the Serious Organised Crime Agency Annual Report for 2006-07 states that 12 such orders are in place. (195714)

The SOCA annual report 2006-07 gave the number of orders, which the Agency had successfully obtained in that period. The information in my reply of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 756W, was prepared looking only at principal sentencing disposals, in line with standard practice. As the financial order is not a “primary disposal” of the courts, this led to the discrepancy in my earlier reply, and the impression—which I regret—that none had been issued when 12 had. I continue to be concerned about the reliability of court data and have asked for serious work to be undertaken to make it more informative.