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Fraud (Prosecutions)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many prosecutions for fraud have been brought by his Department in the last four years.

The number of prosecutions for social security fraud by my Department, including those undertaken on behalf of the Department of Employment, were as follows:

As from February 1977 the figures given above relate to a period from February to February which is the Department's statistical year.These figures exclude social security frauds prosecuted by the police or Post Office in 1977–78; these amounted to 7,216.