t: 020 7219 8155 e: fieldm@parliament.uk

Organised Crime: Romania

January 23, 2008

Question written on 23/01/2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken in co-operation with the Romanian police to tackle criminal Romanian gangs operating in London.

Answered by Vernon Coaker

Tackling the menace of organised crime is a top priority for the Government. The establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in 2006 signalled the Government’s determination to make the UK one of the toughest places in the world to operate, irrespective of nationality.We have been working for some time and continue to do so, with Romanian authorities and crime agencies to identify, and close the door to organised crime groups. The close working relationship has resulted in two Romanian police officers being placed with the Metropolitan police ‘Operation Golf’ to help identify children who they believe were trafficked out of Romania by an organised crime network for the purpose of criminal exploitation.