§ Mr. Molloy
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is satisfied with administrative arrangements to detect and deter fraudulent social security benefit claims; and if she will make a statement.248W
§ Mr. O'Malley
Procedures to prevent and detect fraud are under continuing review and all cases of suspected fraud are investigated. There were nearly 14,000 prosecutions for all types of benefit fraud in 1974, compared with about 12,000 in 1973.
I would also refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) on 14th July.—[Vol. 895, c. 369.]