§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many internal auditors are employed in his Department and at what cost; how many internal audit reports were produced in 1989; how many of these were drawn to the attention of a Minister in his Department; and what internal audit work is subcontracted to private firms and at what cost.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The Department of Social Security currently employs 159 internal auditors at an annual cost of £3.08 million. A total of 94 internal audit reports were produced in 1989. None was drawn to the attention of Ministers.
No social security internal audit work is subcontracted to private firms.