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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what training courses in the detection of fraud there are which must be undertaken by all local office fraud officers.

All local office staff are trained to be aware of the possibility of fraud in their normal day-to-day conduct of business. In addition, training courses and seminars are provided regionally for local office fraud officers. These training arrangements were recently reviewed and from July 1977 all newly appointed fraud officers will undertake a five-week training programme which includes practical experience and a new centralised training course.