§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what inter-departmental collaboration is undertaken to identify and restrict systematic housing benefit fraud by organised crime syndicates. 
§ Mr. Heald
The Department's investigators collaborate with other agencies where appropriate, where offences may have been committed by the same individuals against more than one agency. The Department is also represented on a number of inter-agency bodies which share intelligence on organised criminal activity. Information is shared on all benefits, including housing benefit.