Ministry of Defence: Police

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Rosser Lord Rosser Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the reductions in the number of Ministry of Defence police will result in less total officer time being available to investigate actual and suspected cases of fraud in the supply and provision of goods, services and equipment to the Armed Forces; and, if so, what is their estimate of the impact the changes will have on the level and extent of such fraud.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I refer the noble Lord to the Written Statement given by my right honourable friend the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans in the other place on 27 March 2012 (Hansard, col. 117WS).

We intend to reprioritise and rationalise the MoD Police Criminal Investigation Department to focus on the crimes that most significantly affect the defence interest to form part of a co-ordinated pan-departmental strategy to combat fraud and other acquisitive crime against defence.

The effect will be to reduce the total officer time available to investigate cases. However, the Ministry of Defence will be establishing an anti-fraud group at senior level and a new counter-fraud and loss team whose effect will be to target fraud investigation and prevention more effectively, and whose objective will be to have a significantly greater effect on defence fraud than the MoD police alone currently do.

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