§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what review of procedures he has instituted following the conviction of Michael Boothe for benefit fraud.
§ Mr. Hague
Following the conviction of Michael Boothe, a review of recruitment procedures is being undertaken to improve the checks made upon applicants.188W We are examining the usefulness of personal referees and the procedures for taking references from previous employers.
In addition, a study is due to start in July to determine why girocheques, and other instruments of payment, are being issued clerically.
A full investigation of any specific allegations of further internal fraud will be conducted.