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Metropolitan Police: Human Trafficking

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2275-6W, on Metropolitan Police: human trafficking, if she will place in the Library a copy of all recent correspondence between her Department, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Metropolitan Police related to the funding of the Metropolitan Police human trafficking team. (243448)

The MPS were informed by ACPO of the grant available for the current financial year in early 2008. The MPS have found themselves unable to mainstream this work into their budget as expected. In the light of this and the availability of some money from their existing budget, we have agreed, exceptionally to provide funding which will enable the MPS to maintain the trafficking team for 2009-10. This funding has been offered on the basis that the full cost of the trafficking team is met solely from the MPS budget as from 1 April 2010.