Gareth Thomas (Harrow West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the level of (a) procurement and (b) other fraud affecting her Department's spending in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement.
Damian Green (Minister of State (Immigration), Home Office; Ashford, Conservative)
The Home Office has not made an estimate of the level of procurement and other fraud affecting departmental spend. The Home Office strongly supports the work of the Fraud, Error and Debt Taskforce including the need for improved measurement and assessment of fraud and error. The Home Office is therefore currently tendering for a fraud threat and impact assessment to be undertaken. The results of this work will be used to focus counter-fraud resources on high-risk areas.
The Home Office also recently undertook a review of counter-fraud capability across the Home Office Group, and is now in the process of implementing recommendations arising from the review which will lead to significant improvements in fraud prevention and detection.