HC Deb 10 December 1982 vol 33 c636W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, Official Report, 5 July, c. 24, whether his Department will in future keep records of the amounts of money of which his Department is defrauded when this fraud is proved by criminal conviction.

Mr. Rossi

The Department is currently considering a revision of the methods of collecting and processing fraud statistics. The system under consideration would involve the collecting of detailed information on a sample of cases and this would enable an estimate to be made of the amount of benefit overpaid to persons convicted of fraud.