Suspicious Activity Reports

Home Department written question – answered on 21st October 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspicious activity reports were (a) filed by each of the different obligated entities and (b) submitted to law enforcement authorities in each year from 2008 to 2012.

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

The UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) publishes an annual report on the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regime. The most recent report is available on the National Crime Agency website at:

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk

All SARs are made available to law enforcement authorities via the money web system.

The following table details the number of SARs made from each sector. Any further breakdown would be a breach of the confidentiality of the reporters.

The year runs from October to September.

Number
  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Accountant 6,390 6,411 6,053 5,749
Asset Management 258 310 270 367
Auction House 11 16 4 19
Banking 172,030 186,897 192,392 218,021
Barrister 6 11 4 2
Bookmaker 3,265 1,328 86 89
Building Society 9,284 6,986 7,627 9,361
Bureau De Change 3,983 4,346 3,575 1,728
Capital Markets 27 62 18 85
Charity 118 87 34 32
Cheque Casher 7,174 8,849 7,869 6,093
Clearing House 26 10 18 7
Company Formation Agent 73 56 123 70
Consumer Credit 40 178 134 226
Credit Card 22 16 276 2,037
Credit Union 169 221 225 267
Education 3 7 7 9
Electronic Payment 190 212 830 929
Estate Agent 135 129 123 145
Finance Company 2,558 3,530 3,669 4,102
Friendly Society 0 1 10 7
FSA Others 2,051 1,285 1,532 1,141
Gaming 483 512 671 672
Government 1,449 1,156 945 1,824
High Value Dealer 20 36 34 131
Independent Financial Adviser 27 7 4 0
Insurance 1,429 1,655 1,275 1,657
Investment Exchange 1 1 6 1
IT 2 1 5 4
Legal (other) 91 141 166 192
Leisure 51 2 9 6
Licensed Conveyancer 160 301 151 158
Local Authority 67 71 65 65
Manufacturer 5 9 4 9
Money Transmission 8,377 6,760 11,990 15,598
Mortgage Provider 1,371 482 308 224
Motor Organisation 73 101 99 130
Markets and Exchanges 20 38 42 107
Other 1,309 2,490 1,318 1,355
Pension Provider 15 19 26 85
Private Individual 24 33 33 35
Regulator 214 320 305 295
Retail Intermediary 234 241 263 403
Security 28 9 16 13
Solicitor 4,772 4,612 4,255 4,015
Specialist Financial Services 72 57 133 283
Spread Betting 179 171 207 191
Stockbroker 269 192 180 448
Tax Adviser 96 89 96 144
Unknown 183 128 116 134
         
Total SARs 228,834 240,582 247,601 278,665

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