§ 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.