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Serious Fraud Office

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 4th March 2003.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Solicitor General how many staff worked for the Serious Fraud Office in each year from 1988–89 to 2003–04 (planned); and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Solicitor General (Law Officers), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The following table provides all the relevant Serious Fraud Office statistics in relation to numbers of staff employed by the SFO from its inception in April 1988 to 2003–04 (planned).

Financial Year Number of Permanent Staff Employed
1988–89 63
1989–90 Figure unavailable
1990–91 103
1991–92 117
1992–93 136
1993–94 138
1994–95 137
1995–96 162
1996–97 166
1997–98 154
1998–99 149
1999–2000 170
2000–01 178
2001002 233
2002–03 231
2003–04 (planned) 240

Staffing levels at the Serious Fraud Office have steadily increased over the last four years. This has been necessary in order to accept a higher caseload and to compensate, in part for the reduction in the number of police officers made available to the SFO. The SFO continues to be an important tool in the fight against white-collar crime and its dedicated and professional staff play a fundamental role in the fight against fraud.

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