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Private Detectives

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the practice of his Department in relation to the hiring of private detectives to investigate claims for social security and supplementary benefits; how much has been spent on investigations by private detectives; and how much such investigations have taken place in the last five years for which information is available.

The Department does not employ private detectives to investigate claims for social security benefits.