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Serious Organised Crime Agency: Northern Ireland

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in Northern Ireland. (303468)

I have been asked to reply.

The purpose of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is to prevent and detect serious organised crime and to mitigate its harms by other means throughout the UK. It discharges these functions in Northern Ireland as it does in the rest of the UK and reports its results in its annual report each year.