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Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of suspected fraud on the system of social security in England and Wales in 1976 were reported by his officials to the police; and what was the comparable figure in 1974 and 1975.

The numbers reported by my Department and by the Department of Employment in 1974, 1975 and 1976 were 10,196, 12,574 and 16,686, respectively