HC Deb 11 May 2001 vol 368 cc426-7W
Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2001,Official Report, column 154W, on tax credit fraud, if he will break down by (a) type of offence involved and (b) occupational group, the (i) penalties and (ii) prosecutions. [157873]

Dawn Primarolo

[holding answer 10 April 2001]: Information on penalties is available only for the most recent 164 cases. Prior to that date, the information was held clerically and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information as to the occupation group is not routinely collected and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The primary reason for applying penalties in each of the 164 cases is given in the table.

Penalties Number
Undeclared partner 60
Earnings from self-employment understated 25
Undeclared job 24
Other undeclared income 2
Undeclared or understated savings 21
Undeclared land or property 10
Working insufficient hours 11
False claim for child 5
False claim for child care costs 2
Other 4

Since my reply of 3 April 2001 there has been one additional prosecution in respect of Working Families Tax Credit, bringing the total to 16. The offences are given in the following table. The total number of offences is more than 16 as some individuals are prosecuted for more than one offence.

Offences Number
False accounting 9
Theft 6
Going equipped to cheat 2
Conspiracy 2
Fraud 2
Deception 1

The occupation groups of the 16 individuals are given in the table.

Occupation groups Number
Managerial and administrators 2
Associate professional and technical occupations 1
Clerical and secretarial occupations 3
Personal and protective services 3
Sales occupations 2
Unemployed 5