David McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has said he was in the process of submitting questions for Written Answer to the Justice Minister when he heard about the announcement earlier today from the SDLP that they were supporting the extension of the NCA to Northern Ireland. The following are the questions Mr McNarry is tabling.
Commenting, Mr McNarry said:
While this is a positive move from the SDLP, which I welcome, it is important for people to realise the consequences of not extending the NCA to Northern Ireland would be dire in terms of policing and in terms of augmenting the PSNI budget for crime fighting, particularly against serious organised crime and the exploitation of vulnerable children. It is also vital in the recovery of criminal assets.
David McNarry MLA Questions for Written Answer for the DOJ
1.To ask the Minister of Justice for an estimate of the annual value of assets gained through crime that the PSNI has been unable to seize but which would have been seized if the National Crime Agency (NCA), with its significant additional resources, had been allowed to operate in Northern Ireland, given that the PSNI, in many cases, does not have the legal authority to the same extent as the NCA to seize assets gained through criminality?
2. To ask the Minister of Justice to estimate the additional resource cost to the PSNI incurred through the NCA not being allowed to operate in Northern Ireland with specific reference to serious and organised crime, child protection and human trafficking?
3. To ask the Minister of Justice what is his assessment of the number of vulnerable children who are put at risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking through the inability of the National Crime Agency (NCA), with its significant additional resources, to operate in Northern Ireland, over and above the number of those who have been rescued and protected by the PSNI?
4. To ask the Minister of Justice what is his assessment of the annual value of criminal assets lost to the public purse through the inability of the National Crime Agency (NCA) to operate in Northern Ireland and what additional pressure does this put on the PSNI budget which has been subjected to £50 million of public spending cuts?