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Serious Fraud Office

Attorney-General written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General on what dates (a) he and (b) the Solicitor-General discussed unauthorised payments made to members of staff at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with the director of the SFO in the last year; and what was discussed on each such occasion.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The current director, David Green CB QC, took up office at the end of April 2012. He learned of the payments in May and immediately notified my office. The Solicitor-General and I discussed the payments with the current director oh 2 July, 1 August, 24 October, 28 November 2012 and 9 January 2013. These were occasions on which the director communicated to us the amounts, recipients and circumstances of the payments made; the steps taken by the SFO to investigate the circumstances of the payments and whether it would be possible to reclaim the money; and the treatment of those payments in the SFO's annual accounts. We also discussed the steps to be taken to disclose as much information as possible, and as quickly as possible, to Parliament.

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