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Volume 21: debated on Thursday 1 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are employed on fraud work in his Department; how many have been employed on such work in each year since 1975; what was the average amount consequently recovered per person employed in each year; and what was the total cost of this work for the years in question.

The numbers of officers specialising in fraud duties, their total costs by way of salaries, superannuation, accommodation and travelling expenses and the amounts of benefit savings made by these officers for the years 1980–81 and 1981–82 are as follows. Savings and directly comparable manpower figures are not available for earlier years.should be placed in a position, by an appropriate process defined within the framework of the comprehensive peace settlement, to exercise fully its right to self-determination.

asked the Lord Privy Seal, whether he will raise in the United Nations as a threat to world peace recent Israeli action including (a) the Israeli overflying of the Beqaa Valley in January, (b) the Israeli tank training manoeuvres and small arms firing in the Lebanon in January, (c) the deployment of 32 bus-loads of Israeli troops in South Lebanon in February, (d) recent attacks on Lebanese fishing boats in Lebanese territorial waters outside Tyre and (e) the dismissal of three Palestinian mayors in March.

Discussions took place in February in the United Nations Security Council about the situation in South Lebanon and are now going on about the present tension on the West Bank.