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Government Departments: Financial Reporting

Volume 685: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any government departments have any arrangements to enable the staff of a department to raise, in confidence, concerns about matters of financial reporting, disclosure of other information or value for money; and, if so, whether they will give details, analysed by department, of the arrangements. [HL7418]

The information to answer this Question in full is not held centrally. As part of the annual fraud reporting process for 2005-06 departments were asked to complete questionnaires about how they managed fraud risk. The data revealed that 35 departments had whistleblowing arrangements or fraud hotlines for staff to report their suspicions of fraud.