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Proceeds of Crime

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on managing and liquidating assets recovered by the Serious Organised Crime Agency under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in the first nine months of 2008-09. (255273)

Figures relating to costs incurred for the financial year 2008-09 are subject to internal validation within the Serious Organised Crime Agency and will be available after the end of the financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department takes to monitor the amount of criminal assets recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by (a) law enforcement agencies and (b) prosecuting authorities; and how often each such agency is required to report on the recovery of criminal assets. (255274)

The Home Office monitors the overall performance of all agencies involved in the recovery of criminal assets on a monthly basis. There is no requirement on law enforcement agencies to report to the Home Office on their performance in this area. The Department has no authority to monitor the performance of the prosecution agencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was retained by her Department in the (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) first nine months of the 2008-09 financial year; to which projects such money was allocated in each year; how much money was allocated to each such project; and how much of the money allocated had not been spent at the latest date for which figures are available. (255676)

The information available is as follows:

£ million

2006-07

58.13

2007-08

64.8

2008-09

131.1

1 First six months.

These sums contributed to core Home Office expenditure priorities, including policing and other asset recovery measures. Similar sums were allocated in those periods to the police and other agencies involved in the recovery of criminal assets, under the Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme. Police forces have invested most of their monies from the incentive scheme in further developing their asset recovery and financial investigation capacity, with the funding of financial investigator posts, anti-money laundering teams, and asset recovery operations. In addition some funds were used on local projects to tackle gun and knife crime. The Metropolitan Police Service also made a grant to the Safer London Foundation. Other forces supported a range of community initiatives, including youth projects, road shows, prevention of doorstep crime, over 60s club, and equipment for a faith based community centre. Other agencies have also reinvested their shares in asset recovery activity.

As at 31 August 2007, £18 million of the total sums allocated to local agencies for performance in 2006-07 had not been spent. As at 31 August 2008, £22 million of the sums allocated for performance in 2007-08 had not been spent. This is mainly due to the fact that allocations for performance in the fourth quarter of a financial year are not made to agencies until the first quarter of the following financial year. No data are available on unspent monies in 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by each law enforcement agency in the first nine months of the 2008-09 financial year; how much of the money recovered was repaid to each such agency; and what steps she takes to monitor the purposes for which such money is allocated by law enforcement agencies. (255684)

The information available relates to the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year and is set out in the following table. 50 per cent. of all recovered sums are returned to front-line agencies under the Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme. All agencies are required to submit to the Home Office a certified annual return on the use made of their allocations under the scheme.

£

Force/Agency (A)

Total value of net receipts from confiscation and cash forfeiture orders reported to Home Office April to September 2009

Total allocations under the Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme for April to September 2009

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

417,856.62

95,853.62

Bedfordshire Police

225,481.62

75,666.64

British Transport Police

61,412.93

23,155.09

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

631,323.03

122,245.50

Cheshire Constabulary

450,455.20

104,116.91

City of London Police

189,011.95

52,843.75

Cleveland Police

547,291.01

172,433.84

Cumbria Constabulary

530,707.73

103,175.08

Derbyshire Constabulary

491,695.66

127,611.69

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

573,237.47

148,153.02

Dorset Police

1,034,984.24

213,433.10

Durham Constabulary

389,934.58

107,529.83

Dyfed-Powys Police

234,658.88

55,298.74

Essex Police

283,183.95

79,025.27

Gloucestershire Constabulary

794,837.59

174,300.80

Greater Manchester Police

2,357,571.35

699,717.21

Gwent Police

621,539.93

134,337.64

Hampshire Constabulary

750,716.72

192,433.63

Hertfordshire Constabulary

2,101,205.06

447,371.28

Humberside Police

480,969.03

104,922.83

Kent Police

1,279,027.42

304,631.47

Lancashire Constabulary

983,278.54

254,267.68

Leicestershire Constabulary

730,846.95

180,575.27

Lincolnshire Police

121,122.66

30,456.77

Merseyside Police

2,949,819.05

1,233,075.63

Metropolitan Police Service

8,686,670.42

2,919,239.09

Norfolk Constabulary

260,505.84

53,135.59

North Wales Police

236,639.90

56,802.06

North Yorkshire Police

267,838.48

68,922.84

Northamptonshire Police

433,619.09

95,507.32

Northumbria Police

1,249,325.44

330,216.82

Nottinghamshire Police

438,125.26

83,709.43

Police Service of Northern Ireland

350,149.86

171,770.14

South Wales Police

675,730.41

142,450.53

South Yorkshire Police

765,915.67

224,260.96

Staffordshire Police

1,311,210.46

358,510.60

Suffolk Constabulary

467,732.99

101,946.46

Surrey Police

208,088.59

61,928.90

Sussex Police

1,155,398.24

226,798.41

Thames Valley Police

889,648.18

226,823.25

Warwickshire Police

184,465.26

77,953.93

West Mercia Constabulary

199,120.43

75,379.45

West Midlands Police

1,903,050.87

763,766.75

West Yorkshire Police

1,135,317.98

260,869.95

Wiltshire Constabulary

117,805.97

43,812.71

Crown Prosecution Service

0.00

5,628,644.32

HM Courts Service

0.00

4,950,473.78

HM Revenue and Customs

12,432,475.85

4,212,926.55

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

0.00

1,226,468.82

Serious Organised Crime Agency

5,264,065.82

1,803,960.88

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly DTI)

5,148.00

1,930.50

Department for Work and Pensions

1,338,725.72

505,448.79

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

472,517.23

174,654.82

Serious Fraud Office

575.00

34,063.58

Environment Agency

611,137.68

205,587.55

Ministry of Defence

181,869.15

34,100.47

Office of Fair Trading

353,748.75

132,655.78

UK Border Agency

29,912.54

5,608.60

Northern Ireland Court Service

0.00

11,804.84

Public Prosecution Service (Northern Ireland)

0.00

53,121.81

Department for Social Security (Northern Ireland)

129,161.39

29,061.31

Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency

24,978.39

4,687.55

Royal Mail

46,601.22

7,087.73

Bedfordshire County Council

255,018.28

85,597.04

Birmingham City Council

172,742.99

85,391.17

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

965.00

361.88

Carmarthenshire County Council

0.00

750.00

City and County of Cardiff

1,003.40

376.28

City of Liverpool Council

183,109.37

68,666.01

City of Stoke-on-Trent

123,659.41

23,186.14

Conwy County Borough Council

2,714.74

509.01

Coventry City Council

44,657.27

16,746.48

Denbighshire County Council

1,246.01

570.38

Derbyshire County Council

425.04

141.68

Gloucestershire County Council

0.00

18,684.38

Hertsmere Borough Council

10,627.44

3,985.29

Lincolnshire County Council

0.00

314.74

London Borough of Redbridge

35,100.00

6,581.25

London Borough of Hillingdon

2,000.00

750.00

Middlesbrough City Council

0.00

35,984.48

Nottinghamshire County Council

0.00

1,593.75

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

100,000.00

37,500.00

Rhondda Cynon Taff

0.00

1,279.57

Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

54,605.77

20,477.16

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

0.00

97.88

South Gloucestershire Council

900.00

300.00

Staffordshire County Council

0.00

7,820.98

Notes: 1. Recovery values are shown against investigating agencies. Prosecuting and enforcing agencies are shown with NIL values to avoid double counting. 2. Enforcement of confiscation orders is primarily a matter for Her Majesty's Courts Service.