§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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.
§ Mr. Redwood
My Department employs 32 internal auditors at a cost of £786,000 a year. In 1989, 54 final internal audit reports were produced; none of these was referred to a Minister. No internal audit work is contracted out to private firms at the present time.