HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1347W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of benefit fraud have been identified by Inland Revenue payroll cleanse operations in each of the last five years; how many of these were referred to the Department for Work and Pensions; and if he will make a statement. [153289]

Dawn Primarolo

When the Inland Revenue Payroll Cleanse Unit identifies potential benefit fraud cases they refer them all to the Department for Work and Pensions for their action. The numbers of potential fraud cases referred over the last five years are as follows:

1999–2000 21,151
2000–01 19,297
2001–02 7,102
2002–03 11,336
2003 to 31 January 2004 11,486