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Education Maintenance Allowance: Fraud

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many departmental staff were prosecuted for (a) attempting to defraud and (b) defrauding the education maintenance allowance system in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement. (214510)

No members of staff have been prosecuted for either attempting to defraud or defrauding the education maintenance allowance system in any of the years since 2003. The Department and its predecessor (former Department for Education and Skills) will not accept any level of fraud or corruption and any case will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately.