Financial Irregularities

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of financial irregularities have been recorded in his Department in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

The financial irregularities identified in Department of Trade and Industry are featured in the annual returns to Treasury on Frauds and Thefts. Records are only available for the last 4 financial years for which fraud returns have been completed.

The details are as follows:

Number of cases Total value (£)
2000–01 6 11,000
2002–03 3 14,000
2004 -05 4 44,000

These sums are cases involving established internal misconduct or where, if it has not been possible to identify the perpetrator, it has been assumed that there was internal involvement. These figures do not include details of straightforward theft of minor assets.

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