§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many internal auditors are employed in his Department and those for which the Lord Advocate is responsible 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.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
At 2 March 1990 28 staff and five staff were employed on internal audit duties in the Scottish Office and in my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate's Departments, at a total cost of about £800,000 and £85,000 respectively. A total of 69 reports were produced in the Scottish Office in 1989, none of which required to be referred to my right hon. and learned Friend or other ministerial colleagues. A total of 22 reports were produced in my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate's Departments, one of which was drawn to the attention of the Minister. No internal audit work is undertaken by private sector firms.