§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many cases of fraud have been brought to the attention of the police by the Welsh Office in respect of misuse of the business improvement service scheme by region in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Nine firms of consultants have been, or are being, investigated in connection with suspected fraud under the now closed business improvement services scheme which operated in steel closure areas. It would not be appropriate to disclose further details pending the outcome of these investigations and any subsequent legal proceedings.