Freezing of Assets

Home Office written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many restraint orders to freeze assets were imposed in each of the last seven financial years.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Holding answer received on 15 December 2014

The table below provides the number of restraint orders obtained in England and

Wales in each of the last seven years.

Number of Restraint Orders in England & Wales

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

1,497

1,796

1,665

1,856

1,593

1,466

1,417

As shown in the table below, more assets have been recovered since 2010 than

previously, although prosecutors now face greater difficulties in obtaining

restraint orders following the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in

Windsor & Ors v Crown Prosecution Service [2011] EWCA Crim 143.

Value of assets recovered in England & Wales

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

£148.86m

£159.90m

£170.53m

£177.40m

£193.86m

£182.44m

£188.97m

The Government has taken steps to address this by bringing forward provisions

in the Serious Crime Bill, which is currently before Parliament, to lower the

legal test for restraint to make it easier to obtain restraint orders earlier in

investigations. We are also working with operational partners to ensure that

the use of restraint orders is considered at the outset of all appropriate investigations.

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