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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was collected in fines for benefit fraud (a) in each region in England and (b) in Wales in each of the last two years. (314574)

I have been asked to reply.

HMCS systems do not identify the value of fines collected for specific offences and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The total value of all financial penalties collected in each of the HMCS regions and Wales for the last two years is as follows:

£

2007-08

2008-09

London

38,252,467

35,497,811

Midlands

49,334,655

47,945,264

North East

35,700,661

33,397,953

North West

35,906,704

34,972,432

South East

52,314,591

52,209,726

South West

28,259,819

27,053,693

Wales

16,348,762

15,442,822