HC Deb 18 January 2001 vol 361 cc388-9W
Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the audit investigation into the computer error in October 1999 that led to £1.32 million worth of duplicate Income Support payments; [146010]

(2) how much of the £1.32 million of duplicated Income Support payments in October 1999 has been recovered. [146011]

Mr. Bayley

Our latest estimate suggests the losses were slightly more than half the initial estimate. The cause of the problem was identified and a computer fix was implemented in February 2000. Because the losses to individuals were relatively small, recovery was deemed not to be cost-effective.

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