§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in(a) her Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's Vote 2 budget for (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01. 
§ Estelle Morris
An estimate of the cost to my Department of cases involving fraud and corruption for the years in question is as follows:
£000 Vote 1 Vote 2 1999–2000 4,548 52 2000–01 17,327 386 Total 21,875 438
The Vote 1 figure for 2000–01 includes one specific direct contractor fraud valued at £7.9 million. The figures represent 0.07 per cent. of the total Vote 1 spend and 0.006 per cent. of the total Vote 2 spend over the two years.