HC Deb 22 June 1993 vol 227 c102W
Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the total amount of expenditure by the EC's administration concerned with seeking out fraud in the operation of the comon agricultural policy over the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; what is the value of the fraudulent activities which they discovered during this period; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jack

A number of units within the Commission have an interest in dealing with CAP fraud. Information on their administrative costs is not available as the general budget of European Communities does not give this detail.

The Commission's annual report on the fight against fraud includes details of CAP fraud and irregularities and measures to combat these. The 1992 report and action programme for 1993, COM(93)141 final, was the subject of explanatory memorandum 6203/93 of 20 May 1993 submitted by the Paymaster General. A copy of the report was placed in the Library of the House.