HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 cc51-2W
Mr. Chris Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether any fraud investigation is being undertaken or is proposed for central London into the claiming of benefit in multi-occupied board and lodging accommodation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitney

In the public interest it is not our practice to disclose details of our anti-fraud activity.

Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of suicide, or attempted suicide have been brought to his attention concerning claimants of board and lodging payments.

Mr. Whitney

Apart from the tragic occurrence debated on 28 June at column 1264, we are aware of one further reported suicide and one reported attempted suicide involving people in receipt of supplementary benefit.

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