Economic Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd April 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the scale of illicit finance in the UK that may be linked to corruption and originates from African states.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the efficacy of UK efforts to stem the flow of money linked to (a) state capture and (b) other forms of corruption in African countries entering the UK’s private education system.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March to Question 143639 on National Crime Agency: Standards, how many cases involving money linked to corruption flowing from African states into the UK were prosecuted following National Crime Agency investigations in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The NCA has had no prosecutions in respect of money linked to corruption flowing from African states during 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Government regularly assesses the threat posed by corruption and money laundering, including through the NCA-led National Strategic Assessment and the joint Home Office and Treasury National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

The government also undertakes specific geographic research and analysis as required, including through the FCDO-funded Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme.

In 2020 the National Crime Agency, through the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, publicly issued an Amber Alert on the bribery and corruption risks in the independent schools sector. Its focus was country agnostic although it included African case studies.

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