Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 357 - 359)




  357. Good afternoon, gentlemen. Thank you for coming. Sorry we have kept you waiting for a moment. We will carry right on, if we may. Can we talk about the Assets Recovery Agency first. Can I ask you how many staff the Agency is going to have?
  (Mr Stadlen) Our planning assumption is that it will have 100 staff.

  358. Where have you got that figure from?
  (Mr Stadlen) It is based on an assessment of the number of staff that the Agency will need in order to discharge its three operational functions plus its functions—

  359. I am going to stop you. I am very sorry. Can I just identify you both so you are on the record. You are Mr Godfrey Stadlen and the other voice we will hear is Mr Dawson. I am so sorry, I forgot to do that. Carry on.
  (Mr Stadlen) Right. Our planning assumption is that it will be carrying out something in the region of 15 to 20 civil recovery cases a year. As we have said in the explanatory notes on the Bill we are envisaging an output of approximately 250 confiscation cases a year. We have assumed also that the number of taxation cases that it will be handling will be of the same order of magnitude as the civil recovery caseload. So taking that into account, using estimates of outputs, we have arrived at the figure of 100 which provides a bit of facility also for a small unit co-ordinating the provision of training and accreditation.

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