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Regional Fraud Teams

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Paymaster General how many employees in his Department are employed in the regional fraud teams; and what will be the total cost of running these squads during the current financial year.

On 31 October 1985 there were 93 employees employed in the regional fraud teams. These teams are to be increased and by the 30 November 1985 it is expected that there will be 113.The total gross cost of running these teams, including the expected increase in staff, is likely to be £1·7 million in the current financial year. The net cost is nil, with a minimum calculated saving to the Exchequer of £5·9 million.