HC Deb 27 January 1993 vol 217 c758W
16. Mr. Bellingham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of local authority fraud; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood

Auditors of local authorities report to the Audit Commission all cases of fraud of £500 or over. On this basis, the amount reported for 1991–92 was £930,000; and for the first nine months of 1992–93 is estimated at £2.5 million.