Price Fixing

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost is of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into price fixing among drug companies supplying the NHS.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

The Serious Fraud Office has undertaken a major investigation into a suspected conspiracy to defraud the NHS in relation to prices charged by suppliers for prescribed drugs between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 2000. The case is complex, involving a number of individuals and companies, and has taken a significant amount of time to investigate.

The total expenditure for this case:

Financial year Expenditure (£)
2000 26,122
2001 417,536
2002 2,778,565
2003 3,384,928
2004 3,950,023
2005 (year to date) 4,420,317
Total 14,977,491

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