This document contains the following information: This White Paper looks at how the effort against organised crime can be enhanced. It builds on a review, which looked at organisational structures, strategies, skills, capabilities and the case for new powers. The key organisational change is the proposal for a new organised crime agency, which will bring together the work of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, the National Crime Squad, and the investigative work of HM Customs and Excise.
Proposed new powers include: the extension of Serious Fraud Office type powers; a review of the law on conspiracy; a review of the case for a national witness protection scheme; a closer control of criminals’ finances after release from prison; provisions to encourage defendants to plead guilty and testify against co-defendants.
This Command Paper was laid before Parliament by a Government Minister by Command of Her Majesty. Command Papers are considered by the Government to be of interest to Parliament but are not required to be presented by legislation.