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Excess votes 2020-21: Serious Fraud Office


The Public Accounts Committee considers any instances in which a government department or body exceeds its authorised annual spending limits, thereby incurring an ‘Excess Vote’ – the procedure for Parliamentary authorisation of the additional spending.

The SFO’s 2020-21 annual accounts were qualified by the NAO because it breached its annual authorised annual spending limit of £1 million by £2.55 million, due to legal costs arising from a failed prosecution, therefore incurring an Excess Vote.

The Committee will hold a hearing with the Director of the Serious Fraud Office. If you have evidence on the SFO’s spending please submit it here by Wednesday 2 February 2022.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 2 February 2022.

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