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Driving Offences: Insurance

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has had with the police on the trend in incidences of staged and induced motor accident fraud along the M1 corridor; (144003)

(2) what discussions he has had with the Insurance Fraud Bureau on the subject of staged and induced motor accident fraud;

(3) what discussions he has had with the insurance industry on the subject of a national strategy to tackle staged and induced motor accidents.

I have recently met with both Commissioner Bowron (City of London police) who is the ACPO lead for Economic Crime, and with representatives of the Association of British Insurers. At both of these meetings the issue of staged motor accident fraud was among the issues discussed.

The recent cross-Whitehall review of fraud recommended in favour of a national strategy on fraud, overseen by a National Fraud Strategic Authority. The review and its recommendations was not specific to insurance fraud but a national strategy would cover this type of fraud. Work on the fraud review recommendations is being taken forward through an overall Programme Board and a number of working groups which will produce detailed business cases and costings for the various groups of recommendations. The Home Office and the Association of British Insurers are both involved in this process.