The UK's Serious and Organised Crime Strategy





The National Security Council (NSC) will oversee the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy. The NSC is chaired by the Prime Minister

The National Security Council (NSC)

The National Security Council (NSC) is attended by Cabinet ministers, the Chief of the Defence Staff and Heads of Intelligence Agencies when required.

The NSC will be supported in its oversight role by a cross-government decision-making

body, the Serious and Organised Crime Inter Ministerial Group.

The Group brings together Secretaries of State from both the NSC and the Social Reform Committee to align collective efforts and ensuring a whole-of government response to tackling serious and organised crime.

Home Secretary

Is responsible for:

Overall coordination of the UK government’s response to serious and organised crime

Has oversight of:

  • National Crime Agency (NCA) 

  • MI5 (Security Service)

Is accountable to: 

Parliament for policing in England and Wales


Foreign Secretary

Is responsible for:

UK foreign policy and government activity overseas, including international elements of the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy.

Has oversight of:

  • Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)

  • GCHQ


Is accountable to:

Parliament for their activities


Chancellor of the Exchequer

Is responsible for:

  • Regulating the financial and banking sectors 

  • Money Laundering Regulations

  • Overseeing anti money laundering supervision 

  • Ensuring that financial sanctions are implemented and enforced.

Defence Secretary

Is responsible for:

The Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence’s contribution to countering serious and organised crime including, where appropriate and available, using interdiction capabilities to ensure threats cannot reach the UK.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Is responsible for: 

The criminal justice system, including the prison and probation service and ensuring the system is responsive for victims and the public.

Attorney General

Provides legal advice to government and oversees the main independent prosecuting departments – the CPS and SFO

International Development Secretary

Leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty and to deliver programmes to tackle insecurity and conflict in developing countries.

This includes addressing underlying social and economic problems, such as corruption, that enable serious and organised crime to flourish.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 

Responsible for:

  • The policy relating to the recovery from drug dependence

  • Ensuring the health sector use their unique position to identify and safeguard victims of serious and organized crime

    • Raise awareness of its consequences

    • Share information with partners to help tackle it.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Is responsible for:

Policy relating to business, including ensuring there is transparency around who ultimately owns and controls a company, which is an important part of the global fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.

  • Sets the overarching framework for local government

  • Coordinates work with local authorities in England to, for example, support complex families with children at risk of involvement in crime and build safer communities that have a greater resilience to serious and organised crime.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government 

Secretary of State for Education

Is responsible for:

Children’s services and the education of young people, including activity delivered by the education sector to divert young people away from becoming involved in serious and organised crime, either as a victim or potential offender.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Is responsible for:

Safeguarding our natural environment and supporting our food and farming industry, and has a lead role in tackling waste and wildlife crime.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Is responsible for:

Protecting the welfare and benefits systems from fraud, including fraud committed by serious and organised criminals.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Leads the government’s relations with the technology industry, including communications service providers, while also overseeing the development of the Digital Charter as part of efforts to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

The National Security Council Membership

[11 April 2019]

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service (Chair)

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Chancellor of the Exchequer

Secretary of State for the Home Department

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Secretary of State for Defence

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Secretary of State for International Development 

Attorney General

Terms of Reference

To consider matters relating to national security, foreign policy, defence, international relations and development, resilience, energy and resource security


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