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Proceeds of Crime: Northern Ireland

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many civil recovery actions against criminal assets have been initiated by the Public Prosecutions Service in Northern Ireland in the first nine months of the 2008-09 financial year. (255661)

The PPS has not, to date, initiated any civil recovery actions against criminal assets. Such actions are currently initiated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The PPS is in discussion with SOCA to develop a memorandum of understanding to provide advice and assistance between the PPS and SOCA, including arrangements to deal with civil recovery cases. The PPS remains responsible for criminal confiscation following conviction.