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Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious and Organised Crime Agency staff based in Northern Ireland have received performance-related bonuses; and what the total amount of such bonuses has been. (287671)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in Northern Ireland was in 2008-09. (287672)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency's budget is not managed on a geographic basis and so it is not possible to determine what the cost of SOCA in Northern Ireland was in 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Asset Recovery Agency cases based in Northern Ireland were taken up by the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and how many have resulted in (a) prosecutions and (b) seizure of assets. (287787)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency is a UK-wide agency and does not collate statistics on a regional basis, as many crimes, by their nature, do not respect regional boundaries.

All of the Assets Recovery Agency’s cases were transferred to SOCA when the two agencies merged. Asset recovery investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act’s criminal confiscation, civil and tax recovery provisions cannot lead directly to prosecution. In 2008-09 (having gained civil recovery and tax powers in April 2008), SOCA enforced civil recovery orders and tax assessments and collected £16.7 million.