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Fraud

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions staff employed by her Department defrauded her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (214630)

The answer covers the period since the Department was formed on 29 May 2002. Since that date, the number of occasions staff have defrauded the Department is as follows:

Number of occasions

2002-03

5

2003-04

31

2004-05

25

2005-06

22

2006-07

20

2007-08

20

The number of occasions for years 2003-04 and 2004-05 also includes fraud committed by staff at South Eastern Trains when the rail franchise was under the direct control of the Strategic Rail Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the losses to her Department from fraud committed by staff of her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (214637)

The answer covers the period since the Department was formed on 29 May 2002. Since that date, the estimated cost of fraud committed by staff (including theft) in the Department is as follows:

Estimated amount (£)

2002-03

15,600

2003-04

51,663

2004-05

27,035

2005-06

11,990

2006-07

3,866

2007-08

9,124

Assets have been valued at cost, net book value or replacement cost depending on the circumstance of the individual case.

The estimated amount for years 2003-04 and 2004-05 also includes fraud committed by staff at South Eastern Trains when the rail franchise was under the direct control of the Strategic Rail Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (214640)

The answer covers the period since the Department was formed on the 29 May 2002. Since that date, the number of staff prosecuted for defrauding and attempting to defraud the Department is as follows:

Number of staff prosecuted

2002-03

3

2003-04

11

2004-05

3

2005-06

5

2006-07

0

2007-08

2

It has not been possible to differentiate between staff prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding my Department as to do so would involve a disproportionate cost.

The numbers provided for years 2003-04 and 2004-05 also includes the prosecution of staff at South Eastern Trains when the rail franchise was under the direct control of the Strategic Rail Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff of her Department were responsible for each instance of fraud or attempted fraud in her Department in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (214644)

The answer covers the period since the Department was formed on 29 May 2002. Since that date, the number of staff responsible for each instance of fraud in the Department is as follows:

Number of staff

2002-03

5

2003-04

31

2004-05

25

2005-06

23

2006-07

20

2007-08

22

The number of staff involved for years 2003-04 and 2004-05 also includes fraud committed by staff at South Eastern Trains when the rail franchise was under the direct control of the Strategic Rail Authority.