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 has been the operational cost of the suspicious activity reports regime to the Government (a) since it was created, including capital establishment costs, 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)

Suspicious activity reports (SARs) are submitted to the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Approximately £21,983,000 has been spent by SOCA on the operation of the UKFIU since April 2006, when it assumed responsibility for it. This figure includes IT development work.

In the year to end-March 2009, £6,841,182 was spent specifically on the operation of the UKFIU.

Pre-SOCA figures are not available.

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