HC Deb 30 October 1996 vol 284 c159W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what new powers his legislative proposals to counter fraud will provide to the Audit Commission which would avoid the use of powers specified in sections 28 and 29 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982; what legal advice he has taken concerning the use of these powers by the Audit Commission with respect to its current fraud activities; and what limitations on the commission's work in this area were indicated by that advice. [210]

Mr. Heald

We shall be bringing forward legislative proposals to counter fraud shortly.