National Wildlife Crime Unit

Home Department written question – answered on 25th March 2014.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategic priorities her Department has given to the National Wildlife Crime Unit in each of the last five years; and on what key areas her Department has instructed that unit to focus until 2016.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office recognises the importance of wildlife crime, and is providing specific funding of £136,000 for the National Wildlife Crime Unit in each of the next two financial years.

The Home Office does not set specific priorities for the National Wildlife Crime Unit, other than to tackle wildlife crime. The Unit produces a tactical assessment of wildlife crime across the UK every six months. This assessment is then considered by the UK Tasking and Co-ordinating Group, which includes the Home Office and DEFRA.

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