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Serious Fraud Office

Attorney-General written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General what steps he took to avoid the £15,000 unauthorised ex-gratia payment to the Serious Fraud Office’s former chief operating officer being paid out of the public purse.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

As set out in my written ministerial statement of 4 December 2012, Hansard, columns 51-52WS, and explained by David Green CB QC in his evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on 7 March 2013, the director of the Serious Fraud Office sought legal advice on the enforceability of the contracts entered into by the previous director. That advice said that the agreements the SFO had entered into were enforceable by law.

However, as recommended by the Public Accounts Committee, the director of the SFO has written to the recipients of the unauthorised ex-gratia payments to request they repay the money.

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