§ Mr. McCrindle
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated total involved in known mortgage fraud; what steps are being taken to identify those responsible; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Criminal statistics do not distinguish between mortgage and other types of fraud and no information is therefore available on numbers of offences or amounts of money involved. It is the responsibility of chief officers of police to take whatever steps they think appropriate to investigate suspected offences and to identify offenders.