On the suggestion of Jason (thanks) we’ve made a FOIA request on the WhatDoTheyKnow.com website. The first interesting point is that SOCA is not subject to FOIA and therefore will not process FOIA requests. Under Regulation 4 of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), environmental information relevant to the functions of the Security Services, which does not adversely affect national security can be requested.
Apparently, it is SOCA policy to make non-operational information available on the SOCA website, in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act. SOCA website have undertaken to take into account suggestions for additions to their website. You can only request information about the environment from this authority.
Never ones to say never, we’ve made a request anyway which you can follow here. The text of the request is:
Dear Serious and Organised Crime Agency,
PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT 2002 (POCA)
Please provide information on numbers of central government, local government, senior civil servants and others employed by government related departments who have been subjected to POCA.
Please provide information on numbers of Members of Parliament who have had POCA applied to them.
Please provide information on numbers of members of the House of Lords who have had POCA applied to them.
Please provide information on numbers of members of the general population who have had POCA applied to them.
We understand that no information that may affect national security can be requested and believe that the information is demographic in nature and relevant to environmental issues. No information on specifics are required just simply number of POCA processes enacted against the above cross section of the
We’ll keep you posted.