The chairman of SOCA, Sir Ian Andrews, has submitted the following letter of resignation to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee:
I have subsequently realised, however, that I had failed to register, as I am obliged to do under the SOCA Code, that I became a Director of Abis Partnership Ltd - the company through which I provide management consultancy services to clients whom I did declare - in July 2012, either at the time or subsequently in my formal Registration of Director's interests to support SOCA's Annual Report and Accounts.
I have no explanation for this other than it was both a genuine and unintentional oversight but it is nonetheless inexcusable: and the responsibility is mine alone.
My original four year appointment expires at the end of this week and was due to be extended until October to cover the remaining life of SOCA.
Given the above, and the fact that I have failed to maintain the standard of integrity to be expected of the head of a public body, let alone one charged with law enforcement, I believe that I had no alternative but to other the Home Secretary my resignation as the Chairman of SOCA.