HC Deb 07 March 1990 vol 168 c710W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many internal auditors are employed in his Ministry 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.

Mr. Curry

Currently 36½ staff are employed at a direct cost in 1989–90 of £889,000. One hundred and twenty-four reports were issued in 1989. All audit reports are summarised in a bimonthly report I receive. During 1989 the audit of staff restaurants was contracted out at a cost of £8,000.