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Suspicious Activity Reports

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total sum of money collected through the Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) regime since it was created; and [HL1143]

What is the total sum of money collected through the Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) regime in the past 12 months. [HL1144]

SARs make a contribution to a range of outcomes including asset recovery but also harm reduction, the building of intelligence on criminals and terrorists, and criminal convictions. In relation to terrorism, the information contained in SARs has been used to assist in the prevention of further terrorist activity, through being linked to ongoing enquiries, and regularly adds valuable new information.

Because the information contained in SARs is one of many inputs to these results it is not possible to quantify its contribution. It is not possible, nor indeed of any particular significance, to quantify the value of these in terms of amounts of criminal assets recovered.