Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

Oral Evidence
Tuesday 23 June 2009

The Home Affairs Committee will hold a one off evidence session, on Tuesday 23 June 2009, continuing its ongoing monitoring of the work of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The session is an opportunity to hear from the outgoing Chair of the Agency and to explore particularly the Agency's work tackling the international drug trade: the Committee is holding a concurrent inquiry specifically into the cocaine trade.

At approximately 1030am
Sir Stephen Lander, Chair, and Bill Hughes, Director General of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

Chairman of the Committee, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, said:

" We are pleased to have the opportunity for a 'valedictory' session with outgoing Chair of SOCA Sir Stephen Lander. SOCA's work on the most serious, often international crime is never far from the news and this is a key point at which to explore how effective they have been.

" There have been questions on the success of SOCA, from a previous evidence session with this Committee and a review from No10. The Committee will be interested to hear the progress of SOCA since this review."

" We are also particularly keen to explore their work tackling the cocaine trade - SOCA have recently claimed some success in this area but in general expert opinion seems to be that at the moment the war on the most dangerous drugs is a losing battle."

Location: Room 8, Palace of Westminster.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee room and timing are subject to change.