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Counterfeit Manufacturing

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reduce levels of (a) extortion and (b) trade in counterfeit goods in England; and if she will make a statement. (255329)

An effective operational response from the law enforcement authorities is the principal means of reducing levels of extortion attempts. Recorded crime figures for blackmail—under which extortion offences are recorded—in 2007-08 were 1,197, their lowest recorded level for six years.

The national strategy for tackling intellectual property theft is being led by the Intellectual Property Office for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills is responsible.