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Serious and Organised Crime Agency: National Police Improvement Agency

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the additional £20 million in capital funding to improve the estates of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the National Police Improvement Agency brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 and 2008-09 on (a) installation and development of high technology systems, (b) enhanced intelligence gathering and (c) the redeployment of posts out of London as part of the Lyons relocation policy; and how much of the funding has been spent in each month since it was announced. (286652)

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has £10 million of capital funding advanced from 2010-11 to 2009-10. This expenditure is not expected to impact directly on the development of high technology systems, or enhanced intelligence gathering. It is not linked to the redeployment of posts out of London.

This funding will enable an acceleration of planned improvements to office, classroom and other facilities at the NPIA site at Ryton-on-Dunsmore in the West Midlands. This is a multi-function site providing specialist training and operational support to the police service and security agencies.

Work is scheduled to take place in second half of the 2009-10. No spending has occurred to date.

Early availability of capital funds has enabled investment in the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) physical infrastructure and technical capability. Preparatory work has started on the capital projects that had previously been scheduled for 2010-11. Long lead-in times for delivering these investments mean that the impact will not be felt until 2010-11 and beyond.

SOCA’s capital budget for 2009-10 included expenditure and delivery of technology to support both SOCA’s High Volume Operating Model and the collection and analysis of a wide range of information.

SOCA has contributed to the Lyons targets for relocating posts out of London by the integration of some sites. This will be enhanced by the relocation of 130 posts from London to the north-west in 2010-11.