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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cheques for social security benefit have been reported lost by the rightful beneficiaries during each of the past two years; and how many have subsequently been encashed by persons not entitled to the benefit.

The information is as follows:

Girocheques reported lost, stolen or not received150,000184,000
Replacements issued80,00098,000
Fraudulent encashments†60,00077,000
The number of fraudulently encashed girocheques in both years represents 0·07 per cent. of issues in respect of all benefits.
*Provisional figures.
†Includes encashments by the original payee after the issue of a replacement.