Examination of Witnesses (Questions 357
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2002
357. Good afternoon, gentlemen. Thank you for
coming. Sorry we have kept you waiting for a moment. We will carry
right on, if we may. Can we talk about the Assets Recovery Agency
first. Can I ask you how many staff the Agency is going to have?
(Mr Stadlen) Our planning assumption is that it will
have 100 staff.
358. Where have you got that figure from?
(Mr Stadlen) It is based on an assessment of the number
of staff that the Agency will need in order to discharge its three
operational functions plus its functions
359. I am going to stop you. I am very sorry.
Can I just identify you both so you are on the record. You are
Mr Godfrey Stadlen and the other voice we will hear is Mr Dawson.
I am so sorry, I forgot to do that. Carry on.
(Mr Stadlen) Right. Our planning assumption is that
it will be carrying out something in the region of 15 to 20 civil
recovery cases a year. As we have said in the explanatory notes
on the Bill we are envisaging an output of approximately 250 confiscation
cases a year. We have assumed also that the number of taxation
cases that it will be handling will be of the same order of magnitude
as the civil recovery caseload. So taking that into account, using
estimates of outputs, we have arrived at the figure of 100 which
provides a bit of facility also for a small unit co-ordinating
the provision of training and accreditation.