HC Deb 30 October 1995 vol 265 cc80-1W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of the level of reported fraud in his Department in each year since 1990, including all forms of procurement fraud, including those perpetrated by contractors involving corruption of officials by contracts and collusion between officials and contractors; how many officials have been disciplined or dismissed for involvement in these cases; how many officials involved in these cases remain employed by the Ministry of Defence or other Government Departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement. [39158]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The level of reported non-procurement fraud and theft since 1990 is as follows:

  • 1990–91: 53 cases
  • 1991–92: 45 cases
  • 1992–93: 54 cases
  • 1993–94: 108 cases
  • 1994–95: 207 cases

The figures for officials, including service personnel, disciplined or dismissed for non-procurement fraud and theft are as follows:

  • 1990–91: 104 disciplined and/or dismissed
  • 1991–92: 51 disciplined and/or dismissed
  • 1992–93: 55 disciplined and/or dismissed
  • 1993–94: 85 disciplined and/or dismissed
  • 1994–95: 124 disciplined and/or dismissed

The level of reported procurement fraud including corruption and collusion is as follows:

  • 1990–91: 23 cases
  • 1991–92: 18 cases
  • 1992–93: 27 cases
  • 1993–94: 7 cases
  • 1994–95: 10 cases

Three officials were convicted in this period for procurement crimes involving corruption and collusion. Each of them retired at the time or before investigations and prosecution commenced. None of the three is presently employed by another Government Department or agency.

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