http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7698940.stm "BT has been forced to pay the Ministry of Defence Â£1.3m in compensation after some of its staff met call-answering targets by phoning each other. The National Audit Office found they fixed figures to help BT avoid fines for not answering calls quickly enough. The targets were part of a Â£3bn Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal to operate the forces' telephone system. BT has sacked some of the "small number of staff" involved and the call centre concerned no longer operates. The company has also paid Â£1,021,000 in service payments, the Â£122,000 cost of investigating the fraud and the Â£197,000 cost of the fake calls. The call centre concerned, in Kettering, Northamptonshire, has been taken out of operation. The National Audit Office, the public spending watchdog, said the discovery showed the need for better monitoring of the way such projects are being run. Tory MP Edward Leigh, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, described the incident as "a real-life Whitehall farce". He said: "It says a lot about the MoD's oversight of its contractors that the department's systems failed to spot a serious fraud. " Another PFI resulting in numbers games to no good effect? Ooh what a surprise.