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.
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.