I am informed by the Garda authorities that Operation Nascar, which commenced in December 2011, is an ongoing operation targeting suspected fraudulent motor insurance claims. The investigation is focused on alleged offences within the meaning of deception as outlined under section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud) Offences Act 2001. I am further informed that there has been three phases to the investigation to date with arrest operations in February, March and April 2013. Seventeen persons have been arrested under Operation Nascar to date. It is envisaged that once the investigation is complete a full consolidated file on all the arrests and investigative processes will be submitted to the Law Officers for directions.