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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the number of files on alleged abuse outstanding to be dealt with in each regional head-quarters on 16th May 1977;(2) in how many cases involving suspected abuses of Giro cheques that have been sent from local offices of his Department to the appropriate regional office of his Department the cases have been returned to the local office marked that the alleged offender be warned and the money recovered, instead of prosecuted; and in how many such cases the money has been recovered in each region, respectively;(3) how many submissions for prosecution for fraud were made by each local office, respectively, in, respectively, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, and London to their appropriate regional headquarters, in the first three months of 1975, 1976 and 1977 respectively;(4) if he will publish details of the number of submissions for presentations for abuse of benefit submitted by local offices of his Department to their respective regional headquarters have been turned down as unfit for presentation by the regional headquarters, giving the figures for each regional headquarters for the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what percentage this represented of total submissions in each region.

The information requested is either not available or could be assembled and presented only with a disproportionate amount of work and cost.