Ministry of Defence: Fraud

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 21 of the Cross-Government Fraud Landscape Annual Report 2018, to what incident or incidents the £88.2 million for detected fraud in his Department refers.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the risk of fraud, bribery and corruption seriously and is fully committed to delivering a robust counter-fraud and corruption capability. MOD is the only Department that has fully met all the functional standards set by the Cabinet Office for Government, followed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which has met them for internal fraud only.

To better understand the value of fraud allegations being reported to MOD, a review of values attributed to new allegations received was undertaken. MOD has developed a Nominal Offence Value framework based on historic values of fraud experienced. The Nominal Offence Value is used when no valuation is available at the time of reporting. This approach has been reviewed and approved by the Cabinet Office Prevention Panel (an independent panel of cross Government experts).

The £88.2 million refers to 861 separately reported incidents. It includes cases with an estimated value based upon the MOD's Nominal Offence Value framework.

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