HC Deb 01 February 1994 vol 236 cc692-3W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many employees were judged to be guilty of fraud in his Department in each year since 1989; and how many were dismissed;

(2) what is his Department's policy for dealing with employees found guilty of fraud.

Mr. Hague

Allegations of internal fraud are investigated under the Department's disciplinary procedures. Where an employee is considered, on the balance of probabilities, to have committed such an offence, dismissal would be appropriate.

Since 1989, a total of 68 officers have been dismissed in such circumstances or have resigned during the course of an investigation. The yearly breakdown is as follows:

1989 9
1990 6
1991 13
1992 18
1993 21
1994 to date 1

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