HC Deb 22 July 1983 vol 46 c271W
Mr. Andrew F. Bennet

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what inquiries carried out by his policy inspectorate have shown that social security benefits have been underpaid.

Dr. Boyson

It is one of the purposes of inquiries carried out by the policy inspectorate to examine the efficacy of existing procedures for the administration of benefits. It is therefore in the nature of things that such inquiries may bring to light cases of underpayment — and, indeed, also of overpayment—of benefit from time to time.