§ Maria Eagle
This is a matter for Neil Ward, Chief Executive of the Appeals Service. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Neil Ward to Mr. Weir dated 22 July 2002:1558WThe Secretary of State has asked me to respond to your recent parliamentary questions, which asked which locations within Scotland appeals against refusals of benefits are held.The Appeals Service arranges independent hearings for appeals on decisions on Social Security, Child Support, Vaccine Damage, Tax Credit, and Compensation Recovery. Within Scotland, appeals are heard at 24 locations, which are as follows:
§ Malcolm Wicks
[holding answer 22 July 2002]: In each year since 1997, over 98 per cent. of prosecutions carried out by the Department and its agencies have resulted in convictions. Information on the number of prosecutions is in the table.
The prosecutions shown in the table of local authority investigations were successful prosecutions for housing benefit fraud. Local authorities are not required to inform the Department of prosecutions which are subsequently abandoned or result in an acquittal.
Appeal Locations Aberdeen Ayr Campbeltown Dumbarton Dumfries Dundee Dunfermline Edinburgh Elgin Galashiels Glasgow Greenock Hamilton Inverness Irvine Kilmarnock Kirkcaldy Kirkwall Lerwick Oban Stirling Stornoway Stranraer Wick