Proceeds of Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 67W, on proceeds of crime,

(1) whether the sums awarded to her Department were allocated for a specific use; and what the sums provided to her Department were used for;

(2) what proportion of the sums allocated to her Department were used for crime prevention in 2011-12.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 27 June 2012

Under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme, half of all assets recovered are returned to law enforcement and prosecution agencies involved in the asset recovery process, and half forms part of the Home Office budget.

In 2010-11 this funding was used to support a range of activity including core funding for the police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Regional Asset Recovery Teams, and work on crime prevention including projects on knife crime and ending gang violence.

As the sums received by the Home Office are not directly attributable to individual budget lines but instead form part of the aggregate budget available for distribution it would not be possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to provide a full breakdown of what proportion of funding was used for crime prevention.

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