National Crime Agency

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

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012 to the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, Official Report, column 824, on police (administrative burden), what further discussions she has had on the accountability and transparency of the National Crime Agency; and what the outcome was of those discussions.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office) , The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The Government have set out clear arrangements in the Crime and Courts Bill to ensure that the NCA will be fully accountable, open and transparent to Government, Parliament and the public. The Bill sets out that the NCA's Director General must publish an Annual Plan and Annual Report, and provides a new statutory duty that he or she must publish information about the Agency's functions and other matters relating to the Agency. The sorts of information that must be published under the duty will be set out in the NCA Framework Document, which will itself be published and laid before Parliament. I would refer my hon. Friend to the statements made on this issue in the Other Place by my noble Friend Lord Henley, Minister of State for crime prevention and antisocial behaviour reduction, on 18 June 2012, Hansard, column 1640. The Framework Document will also set out in more detail the respective roles and responsibilities of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May and Director General, including the arrangements for the NCA's performance reporting and financial accounting.

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