§ Mr. Eggar
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the number of (a) civil servants and (b) secondees, who are engaged in internal audit within his Department and the grades and qualifications of each individual; and to what extent the establishment and work carried out by the unit, deviates from the nine primary standards listed in "Government Accounting 9/82."
§ Mr. Brittan
Twenty-two civil servants are engaged on internal audit within the Home Department; there are no secondees. There is one grade 6, two principals, four senior executive officers, seven higher executive officers, and eight executive officers. The grade 6 officer is a fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants and a member of ICMA, one of the principals has membership of ICMA, and one of the SEOs is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. The other three SEOs are studying for the diploma of the Institute of Internal Auditors, as are one of the HEOs and three of the EOs. One EO is studying for the CIPFA diploma in public sector internal auditing and accounting to add to his bachelor of arts degree in accounting and finance. Three of the other HEOs are about to enter training as part of a planned programme for audit staff. Internal audit work in the Home Office is organised and conducted by reference to all the standards listed in "Government Accounting 9/82".