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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Schedule 1: Assets Recovery Agency

12.Paragraphs 1 and 2 concern the terms of appointment of the Director. The effect of paragraph 3 is that the Director must appoint a deputy, and also an assistant director to have specific responsibility for his functions in Northern Ireland. Before the latter is appointed, the Director must consult the relevant Secretary of State i.e. the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

13.Paragraph 5 requires the Agency to be funded directly by Parliament, as is normal for a NMD. Subject to specific exceptions in the Act (e.g. section 57), monies received by the Director in the course of carrying out his functions must be paid into the Consolidated Fund. As an NMD, the Agency will automatically be subject to Government accounting rules.

14.Paragraph 6 sets out what the Director will be required to include in his annual plan, which will be subject to the approval of the Secretary of State. Express provision is made for the inclusion of details as to how the Director will carry out his functions in Northern Ireland.

15.Paragraph 7 imposes a duty on the Director to prepare an annual report on his activities over the previous year and to submit it to the Secretary of State who, in turn, is required to lay it before Parliament and arrange for it to be published.

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