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Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what inquiries to detect fraud by cross-checking his Department's payroll with details of those claiming benefit he has undertaken; when these exercises took place; and how many staff were (a) suspended, (b) dismissed and (c) prosecuted as a result. [37704]

The Department responds to inquiries made by the Benefits Agency where there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that an individual may be involved in benefit fraud.The Department has no record of any member of staff being suspended, dismissed or prosecuted as a result of such inquiries.