§ Mr. Peter Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, how many prosecutions there were for suspected fraud by those receiving welfare payments in 1977; and what percentage increase this represents over 1976.
§ Mr. Deakins
The figures for 1977 are not yet available. As my right hon. Friend said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Sowerby (Mr. Madden) on 7th December 1977—[Vol. 940, c.745–8]—the indications are that the number will be in the region of 25,000 which would be an increase of 30 per cent. on the figure for 1976.