Criminal Investigation

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th February 2014.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which organisation his Department and its subsidiary bodies use to tackle internal instances of crime, including corruption and fraud; and whether he has designated this organisation or any individual within it to grant authorisation for carrying out directed surveillance under section 28 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Department for Communities and Local Government provides internal audit services through shared services for the Cabinet Office, including the investigation of reported frauds.

The choice of type and means of investigation will be based on the circumstances of the case and be proportionate to the seriousness of the suspected offence.

No organisation or individual has been granted authorisation to carry out directed surveillance under section 28 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

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