§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. Atkins
My Department employs 26 internal auditors at an annual cost of around £580,000. In 1989, 73 internal audit reports were produced, none of which needed to be drawn to Ministers' attention. No internal audit work is subcontracted to private firms.