The number of corruption reports has increased this year, partly due to the economic downturn, according to the ICAC chief. The number in the public sector rose by 45 per cent from 62 cases to 90, said Commissioner Lily Yam Kwan Pui-ying. 'It is high compared to recent years. Most are related to telecommunication and paging services,' she said. Mrs Yam said the overall number of corruption reports had risen by seven per cent from 964 to 1,035 this year, while the private sector increased from 477 to 515 this year. 'Some companies had to wind up and, in the course of doing so, they discovered corrupt practices in their companies. Some unemployed people also made corruption complaints to us,' Mrs Yam said. Another reason was that high-profile operations in the past few months had attracted many more corruption reports from the public. Among the recent operations was the arrest of a senior official in the Customs and Excise Department in connection with the leaking of intelligence on anti-piracy raids. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) also arrested senior Hong Kong Standard executives over an alleged plot to falsify circulation. 'Even though the increase in reports is not substantial, we feel that we have to monitor the situation very closely,' she said. The ICAC and the Civil Service Bureau held an anti-corruption seminar yesterday. About 200 officials attended, including Commissioner of Police Eddie Hui Ki-on and Commissioner of Customs and Excise Lawrence Li Shu-fai. Mrs Yam said the number of civil servants recommended for disciplinary or administrative action decreased from 96 last year to 39 this year in the same period.