§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the cost of fraud and thefts relating to (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) other public bodies, in(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99 and (d) 1999–2000; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Dewar
[holding answer 8 February 1999]: The table details the cost of fraud and thefts relating to the Scottish Office, its agencies and Associated Departments. The figures for other public bodies are not held centrally. No estimates for the cost of fraud and thefts have been made for 1999–2000.370W
From 1 July 1999 this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.
£ Scottish Office Agencies Associated Departments 1996–97 22,190 8,745 0 1997–98 21,858 24,329 350 1998–99 (year-to-date) 22,442 1,718 360