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Review of the Serious Fraud Office

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

My right hon. Friend the Attorney-General has made the following written ministerial statement:

“When I announced the re-appointment of Robert Wardle as Director of the Serious Fraud Office in January I indicated that we had agreed we would take the opportunity jointly to commission a thorough external review of the SFO’s approach to the investigation and prosecution of the cases with which it deals.

I am today announcing the terms of reference of that review which are:

‘In the light of the Government’s overall strategy for tackling fraud, and taking into account the relevant recommendations from the fraud review:

To consider the most effective methods for the SFO to use in investigating and prosecuting the serious and complex cases which fall within its remit, with particular reference to practice in overseas jurisdictions; and any related internal organisational or structural issues;

And to make recommendations’.

The review will be led by Jessica de Grazia, a former New York city prosecutor who now resides in the UK, and who has handled many complex cases, both as an investigator and trial advocate”.