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Fraud: Banks

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission an inquiry into allegations of fraud committed by banks against their customers. (265684)

[holding answer 23 March 2009]: The investigation of alleged criminal offences is an operational matter for which the police are responsible. Anyone who has evidence of a fraud being committed should therefore report the matter to the police without delay.

The Government have recently improved the enforcement capacity for fraud by allocating extra funding to the City of London police to enable that force to take on the most serious and complex fraud cases across England and Wales. The force will also provide assistance and training for local forces investigating complex fraud cases.