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Proceeds of Crime Act

Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003, broken down by region. [197625]

Caroline Flint: The total value of criminal assets recovered under all proceeds of crime legislation was £47 million in 2002–03 and £54.5 million in 2003–04. The £47 million comprises £41 million in confiscation orders and £6 million in cash forfeitures. The £54.5 million comprises £38.9 million in confiscation orders and £15.6 million in cash forfeitures.
 
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The confiscation and restraint powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are triggered by offences committed after the provisions were brought into force on 24 March 2003.

The total value of receipts recovered under the Act in 2003–04 was just over £5 million comprising £4.7 million in cash forfeitures and £343,671 in confiscation order receipts. Information on the value of cash forfeitures broken down by region is not available. Table A shows the value of confiscation order receipts under proceeds of crime legislation broken down by magistrates courts committee areas in 2002–03 and 2003–04.

Table B shows the value of restraint orders made in 2003–04 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by the Crown Prosecution Service broken down by area. Information on the value of restraint orders made by HM Customs and Excise is not available. In 2003–04 the Assets Recovery Agency had 24 civil recovery cases subject to freezing orders with a total value of £14.1 million.
Table A: Summary of total receipts remitted to the Secretary of State by legislation and MCC area, 2002–03 and 2003–04

£
2002–032003–04
MCC areaTotalPre-POCAPOCATotal
Avon and Somerset284,115.70640,304.890.00640,304.89
Bedfordshire65,321.02229,846.450.00229,846.45
Cambridgeshire193,497.68370,588.6512,523.94383,112.59
Cheshire50,926.99106,589.470.00106,589.47
Cleveland24,110.29346,485.270.00346,485.27
Cumbria50,564.5890,662.25270.0090,932.25
Derbyshire334,352.5095,612.920.0095,612.92
Devon and Cornwall176,686.75765,092.180.00765,092.18
Dorset203,615.78187,149.288,991.83196,141.11
Durham23,252.78231,314.250.00231,314.25
Essex920,701.63596,219.3861,915.30658,134.68
Gloucestershire727,753.7237,840.120.0037,840.12
Greater London (GLMCA)20,851,102.3512,550,941.58102,892.8212,653,834.40
Greater Manchester1,614,785.001,654,899.81(61)65,119.51(61)1,720,019.32
Hampshire and Isle of Wight626,592.79360,893.168,858.96369,752.12
Hertfordshire494,871.53287,797.900.00287,797.90
Humberside343,107.88767,476.560.00767,476.56
Kent1,537,885.812,249,555.739,635.832,259,191.56
Lancashire253,096.851,003,473.83117.001,003,590.83
Leicestershire(62)219,295.300.000.000.00
Lincolnshire223,300.13133,482.19670.00134,152.19
Merseyside560,093.54980,907.400.00980,907.40
Norfolk265,989.78323,890.640.00323,890.64
North Yorkshire(62)112,724.760.000.000.00
Northamptonshire112,832.51239,973.040.00239,973.04
Northumbria57,869.23505,291.220.00505,291.22
Nottinghamshire527,948.83941,697.98650.00942,347.98
South Yorkshire55,659.00433,345.30420.00433,765.30
Staffordshire253,614.60952,932.010.00952,932.01
Suffolk880,304.3952,091.683,228.4255,320.10
Surrey1,683,278.27527,494.487,700.00535,194.48
Sussex1,801,592.262,905,899.703,619.752,909,519.45
Thames Valley1,023,789.75726,864.0941,733.35768,597.44
Warwickshire626,758.00285,330.000.00285,330.00
West Mercia4,241.43345,176.400.00345,176.40
West Midlands2,967,853.211,302,619.385,724.251,308,343.63
West Yorkshire387,089.702,820,648.450.002,820,648.45
Wiltshire(62)193,557.0022,915.240.0022,915.24
England40,734,133.3236,073,302.88(61)268,951.45(61)36,407,373.84
Dyfed-Powys36,170.45411,312.920.00411,312.92
Gwent82,011.6371,119.130.0071,119.13
North Wales122,514.881,774,595.210.001,774,595.21
South Wales32,905.55182,825.159,600.00192,425.15
Wales273,602.512,439,852.419,600.002,449,452.41
England and Wales41,007,735.8338,513,155.29(61)343,670.96(61)38,856,826.25


(61) Greater Manchester MCC only able to supply data for total POCA offences (offence category not separately identifiable) for Q3 and Q4.
(62) Data from MCC area not received for all or part of 2003–04.



 
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Table B: Value of POCA restraint orders 2003–04

£
42 areasValue
P01—Avon and Somerset409,804.99
P02—Bedfordshire
P03—Cambridgeshire
P04—Cheshire
P06—Cleveland75,251.88
P07—Cumbria293,983.00
P08—Derbyshire
P09—Devon and Cornwall
P10—Dorset124,635.18
P11—Durham100,000.00
P12—Dyfed Powys
P13—Essex15,313.36
P14—Gloucestershire
P15—Greater Manchester250,000.00
P16—Gwent1,295,000.00
P17—Hampshire
P18—Hertfordshire1,570,000.00
P19—Humberside
P20—Kent
P21—Lancashire1,570,000.00
P22—Leicestershire
P23—Lincolnshire
P24—Merseyside
P25—Metropolitan and City1,372,268.68
P26—Norfolk
P27—Northamptonshire
P28—Northumbria100,000.00
P29—North Wales
P30—North Yorkshire
P31—Nottinghamshire70,256.57
P32—South Wales1,913,638.65
P33—South Yorkshire540.00
P34—Staffordshire1,153,000.00
P35—Suffolk1,751,172.50
P36—Surrey183,150.00
P37—Sussex1,934,322.50
P38—Thames Valley
P39—Warwickshire
P40—West Mercia21,000.00
P41—West Midlands275,320.19
P42—West Yorkshire
P43—Wiltshire
Casework D Ludgate736,661.46
Casework D York71,000.00
Casework D Birmingham
RART Wales60,000.00
RART West Midlands
RART North East
RART North West
CCB RO figures

Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in (i) the West Midlands, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) Hodge Hill was in (A) 2002, (B) 2003 and (C) 2004. [197626]


 
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Caroline Flint: The confiscation and restraint powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are triggered by offences committed after the provisions were brought into force on 24 March 2003.

The information available relates to confiscation order receipts received by the West Midlands magistrates courts committee area. The total value of confiscation order receipts recovered in the West Midlands under proceeds of crime legislation was £2,967,853 in 2002–03, and £1,308,343 in 2003–04. The total value of confiscation order receipts recovered in the West Midlands under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in 2003–04 was £5,724 and £66,631 at the end of the second quarter in 2004–05.

The value of restraint orders obtained under the Act by the Crown Prosecution Service in the West Midlands was £275,320 in 2003–04 and £1,085,000 by the end of the second quarter in 2004–05. Information on the value of restraint orders obtained by HM Customs and Excise is not available. As at the end of September 2004 the Assets Recovery Agency had 40 civil recovery cases subject to freezing orders with a total value of £19.8 million.

Prostitution

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is being taken by (a) his Department, (b) the police authorities and (c) immigration officials to seek to prevent women from overseas countries seeking residency in the United Kingdom to become self-employed prostitutes; and if he will make a statement. [193470]

Caroline Flint: The immigration rules do not allow residency in this country on the basis of self employment as a prostitute.

We also have strong measures in place to tackle those looking to come into the country illegally. Organised immigration crime is being addressed by Reflex, a multi-agency taskforce involving the police and immigration service and led by the National Crime Squad. Last year (April 2003–04) Reflex resulted in the disruption of 38 criminal gangs involved in organised immigration crime.

In July this year the Home Office published "Paying the Price: a consultation paper on prostitution". Part of this consultation exercise focuses on the legal framework relating to prostitution. The consultation period runs until the 26 November.
 
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