HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 c359W
Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions there have been for wrongful claims for (i) unemployment benefits and (ii) supplementary payments in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what was the total sum involved in each year.

Mr. John Patten

The numbers of prosecutions were as follows:

Year (i) Unemployment benefit (ii) Supplementary benefit
1978 177 345
1979 364 741
1980 187 476
1981 269 502
1982 184 560

Information about the amounts of benefit involved is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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