Financial Reporting Orders

Justice written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 156W, on financial reporting orders, for what reason the Serious Organised Crime Agency Annual Report for 2006-07 states that 12 such orders are in place.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The SOCA annual report 2006-07 gave the number of orders, which the Agency had successfully obtained in that period. The information in my reply of 10 March 2008, Hansard, column 756W, was prepared looking only at principal sentencing disposals, in line with standard practice. As the financial order is not a "primary disposal" of the courts, this led to the discrepancy in my earlier reply, and the impression—which I regret—that none had been issued when 12 had. I continue to be concerned about the reliability of court data and have asked for serious work to be undertaken to make it more informative.

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