§ Mr. Baldry
Neither the Commission nor the European Court of Auditors has ever placed a figure on the level of fraud within the common agricultural policy since, by definition, undetected fraud cannot be measured. Member states are, however, required to report detected CAP irregularities to the Commission. In 1995, member states reported 1,754 cases of irregularity valued at £173 million—0.6 per cent. of the CAP budget of £27.9 billion. In this context, the definition of irregularity includes all over-claims, whether simple error on the part of the claimant, negligence or fraud.