HC Deb 05 December 1989 vol 163 c202W
53. Mr. Couchman

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will report on progress in tackling benefit fraud on construction sites; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar

Construction sites are regularly included in benefit fraud investigations by this Department. Exercises on these sites often prove successful in identifying fraudulent claimants. For example, a recent exercise in the Kent area investigated 592 construction site workers, resulting in 177 claims to benefit being withdrawn with a net benefit saving of £167,000. We will continue to investigate benefit fraud within the industry.