§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have been prosecuted in each year since 1987 for using bogus national insurance numbers. 
§ Mr. Heald
There is no separately identifiable offence of using a bogus national insurance number. However, the use of a false NINO can form the basis of a prosecution under section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 or other legislation such as the Theft Act 1978. A person may be guilty of an offence if he supplies to the746W Department, for a purpose connected with social security legislation, information he knows to be false. The number of prosecutions involving false or misappropriated NINOs is not separately available.