§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the organisational links between his Department and other departments which are concerned with countering benefit fraud.
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
Close and effective links are maintained between the Benefits Agency, the Employment Service, local authorities and the police to combat benefit fraud. Through its work with the ministerial group on crime prevention and other initiatives, the Department has also established contact with a number of other Departments and agencies.