Organised Crime: British Overseas Territories

Home Department written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the presence of organised crime in each of the overseas territories; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

holding answer 25 June 2012

The Overseas Territories and the Home Office paper provides an overview of some of the assistance provided by the Home Office to the Overseas Territories (OTs). A number of Government agencies, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are well positioned to liaise with and support each OT to protect itself from the threat of organised crime. In delivering Local to Global, the Government's organised crime strategy, SOCA liaises regularly with the Caribbean OTs and supports them with training, equipment and staffing resources to combat a broad spectrum of serious and organised crime impacting upon the region and potentially the UK.

The Government will also shortly publish a White Paper entitled “The Overseas Territories—Security, Success and Sustainability” which covers UK assistance of, and partnership with, the OTs, including in relation to crime.

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