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Serious Fraud Office: Contracts

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General with how many external contractors the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has contracts; what estimate she has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of such contracts; and how many such contractors have held contracts with the SFO in each of the last 10 years. (215314)

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) does not keep records of the number of external contractors it employs. The cost of all non-permanent staff employed at the SFO (including external barristers) for each of the last 10 years is as follows:

Financial year

Expenditure (£)

2007-08

11,521,000

2006-07

10,312,000

2005-06

11,845,000

2004-05

9,492,000

2003-04

8,566,000

2002-03

6,759,000

2001-02

6,596,000

2000-01

5,316,000

1999-2000

4,004,000

1998-99

4,750,000