§ 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.