Written Answers. - Fraud Cases.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture the amount of money known to have been lost to his Department through acts of fraud emanating from (a) within and (b) outside his Department in the years 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983; and the general areas in his Department in which such acts of fraud occurred.

Any loss through fraud would have to be noted in the Appropriation Accounts. The only such loss noted in the Appropriation Accounts for the years referred to is one of £69,448 in the 1981 account. This relates to a fraud which occurred in 1975 under the cattle feed voucher scheme and in respect of which a person who was not an officer of my Department, was convicted and sentenced.