Government Statistics

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 4th September 2013.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 11:30 am, 4th September 2013

Let us look at cyber-statistics. In answer to my parliamentary question, the Minister put the cost of cybercrime at £27 billion, but that turns out to be a 2010 “guestimate” from defence company Detica. The National Audit Office misused Cambridge university figures, managing to confuse pounds with dollars. We all know that online crime is rising, but the Government rely on outdated third-party figures. Is he surprised that the public do not trust the Government’s efforts to fight cybercrime, given that they clearly cannot even measure it?


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