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South-West Region

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the estimated number of people who are claiming benefit in more than one name when unemployed in the South-West.

It is, of course, illegal for a person to receive unemployment benefit under more than one name. I do not know of any current case of such a claim in the South-West region of my Department, nor does my Department attempt to make an estimate of the likely number of cases. Should such a case come to light, it would be investigated with a view to prosecuting the offender.