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Serious Organised Crime Agency: Assets Recovery Agency

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of (a) abolishing the Assets Recovery Agency and (b) merging the Agency's functions with those of the (i) Serious Organised Crime Agency and (ii) National Policing Improvement Agency has been; and what estimate she has made of the effect on public expenditure resulting from these changes. (243918)

The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) incurred costs of £725,000 which were attributable to the merger with the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the National Policing Improvement Agency. The costs to the National Policing Improvement Agency are included in ARA's costs. The Serious Organised Crime Agency incurred costs of £685,000. As the merger only took effect from 1 April 2008, no estimate of annual savings is currently available.