§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the level of(a) over-payments and (b) under-payments of income support in each year since its introduction; and what sums have been recovered. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
Information is not available in the form requested. Such information as is available is set out424W in the tables. Information is not collected on underpaid amounts. These are paid to claimants as soon as they are discovered.
Table 1—Losses due to irrecoverable and unrecovered overpayments of Income Support Year Amount (£000s) 1988–89 41,112 1989–90 40,211 1990–91 28,608 1991–92 32,974 1992–93 46,612 1993–94 55,820
Table 2—Recoveries of overpayment via Benefits Agency Districts Year Amount (£000s) 1988–89 15,348 1989–90 17,068 1990–91 15,483 1991–92 15,377 1992–93 19,431 1993–94 32,830
Information on the totals of recoverable overpayments is not collected centrally.
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
This Department's deregulation objectives are set out on pages 2, 47 and 48 of the 1995 departmental report, "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1995–96 to 1997–98", published on 9 March 1995. One of our key tasks for the next three years is to reduce the burdens on business wherever possible, particularly by dealing with the differences in national insurance and Inland Revenue procedures.