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Insider Trading

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, pursuant to his reply dated 19 February, Official Report, column 750, concerning insider trading, he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each quarter since 1 January 1983 the number of cases referred to his Department and the number of these which are not at present subject to investigation; how many cases are now under investigation; how many arose out of investigations by the United States authorities; and when he expects more prosecutions to be brought.

The numbers are as follows. I am not able to provide information about confidential exchanges with the United States authorities, or to forecast when proceedings may be instituted.

Year and quarterTotalNot under current investigationUnder current investigation
1983
1440
2220
3440
4770
1984
1330
2550
3440
4000
1985
1110
2220
3220
4110
1986
1651
2110
3202
4532

Year and quarter

Total

Not under current investigation

Under current investigation

1987

1440

Note 1:

The category of cases "not under investigation" includes those cases where charges have been laid and those where investigation is being considered.

Note 2:

The current position is as follows:

Charges have been laid in two cases; five cases are under investigation; in addition, five cases are being considered for investigation.