Terrorism: Suspicious Activity Reports

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total sum of money collected relating to the suspected financing of terrorism through the suspicious activity reports regime (a) since it was created, and (b) in the past 12 months.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

This information is unavailable as national figures are not collected centrally.

Suspicious activity reports (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 inquiries, and regularly adds valuable new information.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency's (SOCA) SARs annual report 2007-08 provides more information on cash seizures and other interventions arising from SARs. This can be found on the SOCA website at ww.soca.gov.uk.

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