HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc155-6W
Mr. Gregory Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions have been taken by the Assets Recovery Agency against(a) Republican and (b) Loyalist paramilitary groups. [153846]

Jane Kennedy

There are currently 17 cases under active investigation by the Agency in Northern Ireland with potential assets recoverable of over £7.5 million. These cases cover the whole range of organised crime among all groupings and areas across Northern Ireland.

The Agency determines which cases should be adopted from those cases referred by law enforcement and other agencies. Its objective is that, some 80 per cent. of cases to be pursued this year, will focus on property obtained by, or in the hands of, paramilitaries and other organised criminals.

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