§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Attorney-General (1) what discussions he has had with the Serious Fraud Office regarding the activities of Michael Ashcroft, chairman of ADT Ltd;355W
(2) whether permission has been sought by the Serious Fraud Office (a) to interview Michael Ashcroft, chairman of ADT Ltd. in Florida and (b) to seek his return for interview in the United Kingdom;
(3) what is his most up-to-date estimate of the likely completion date of the Serious Fraud Office inquiries into the activities of Michael Ashcroft, chairman of ADT Ltd.
§ The Attorney-General
For practical reasons of policy the Serious Fraud Office neither confirms nor corrects assertions or suggestions that it is conducting inquiries into the affairs of any individual or company. No inference as to the truth or falsity of the hon. Member's suggestion arises from adherence to that policy in this instance.
I have frequent discussions with the director of the SFO but for practical reasons of policy their contents are not divulged.