Mr. Nick Leeson

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd May 1995.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane , Rotherham 12:00 am, 22nd May 1995

To ask the Attorney-General when he expects Mr. Nick Leeson to be interviewed by the appropriate criminal investigative authorities. [23912]

Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Attorney General (Law Officers)

The investigation by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, in conjunction with the City of London police, is not yet concluded and it would be inappropriate at this stage to give details of operational matters.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane , Rotherham

Is the Attorney-General aware that barely an hour's flight from here sits Mr. Nick Leeson, who lost £1 million to the Queen as well as the savings of many investors and caused a major bank to shut down, and no one has asked him one simple question about the matter? Is the Attorney-General further aware that, given the hangman state in Singapore which is seeking to bring Mr. Leeson to account through its form of justice, many people in this country believe that the lack of interest or concern on the part of the criminal investigation authorities borders on a cover-up?

Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Attorney General (Law Officers)

I am very surprised that the hon. Gentleman, who claims to have some connections with the City of London, should make such an allegation. The matter is being examined with great care by the Serious Fraud Office and by the authorities in Singapore. The Serious Fraud Office has made an application to the courts in Singapore for detailed information which it requires in order to take forward its investigations. The application was not granted at that stage and the office continues to pursue its inquiries.