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Serious Organised Crime Agency

Volume 713: debated on Wednesday 21 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the management structure of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; how many managers are at each level; and what is the cost per year of their salaries and expenses. [HL4940]

The Serious Organised Crime Agency has a nine-grade structure from the director general, to grade 6. Almost all staff at grade 2 and above and most staff at grades 3 and 4 have line management responsibility, including leading teams of investigative officers. Grades are also reflective of specialist skills. The breakdown of full-time equivalent staff by grade and salary range as of 30 September 2009, including those at CEOP and secondees where SOCA pays their salary is as follows:


Number of staff

Salary range

Director General


£180,000 to £185,000

Executive Director

5 (includes SOCA legal advisor)

£135,000 to £145,000

Deputy Director


£82,861 to £93,909

Grade 1


£62,146 to £80,883

Grade 2


£50,732 to £66,025

Grade 3


£40, 586 to £54,050

Grade 4


£32,469 to £43,240

Grade five-6


£17,689 to £34,591

SOCA's annual accounts for 2008-09 stated that £18,578,000 was spent on accommodation, subsistence and general expenses in 2008-09. This figure includes expenses incurred by staff based overseas and expenses both at home and overseas incurred in the course of operational activity. A breakdown of this figure by grade could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer Written Questions HL4940, HL 4941 and HL4942, tabled on 8 July; and what is the cause of the delay in answering them. [HL5646]

Unfortunately, due to an administrative error in the internal questions alert system these Questions were not received by policy officials until 7 October. They have all now been answered and I apologise for the delay incurred.