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Crime: Northern Ireland

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency has a policy of not investigating crimes in the South Armagh area. [HL965]

No. SOCA has a UK-wide remit and engages closely with operational partners in Northern Ireland through the UK Serious Organised Crime Control Strategy and the Organised Crime Taskforce (OCTF).

Pages 18 to 19 of the 2008-09 annual plan make specific reference to the exercise of functions in Northern Ireland.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what was meant by the Serious Organised Crime Agency's deputy director saying to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that the agency had put a halt to some civil recovery proceedings in Northern Ireland; and whether he was representing government policy. [HL992]

Civil recovery proceedings are discontinued by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, in accordance with legislation and operational policy, only in cases where it is no longer possible or appropriate to continue civil recovery action. The published transcript of SOCA's evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee does not make reference to SOCA having terminated civil proceedings in Northern Ireland.