HC Deb 03 July 1989 vol 156 c43W
45. Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many personnel are involved in the detection of fraud in social security benefits; and what is the total expenditure by his Department in this area.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Precise figures are not available, but it is possible to estimate the numbers of full-time equivalent posts on the basis of records of staff time expended on fraud-related work. The numbers of full-time equivalent posts are 3,335. Data for the total expenditure by the Department in this area are not available. Staff costs are now some £47 million in a full year.