CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

SOCIAL SECURITY – BENEFIT FRAUD – 6 March 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: If he will make a statement on the Government's involvement with local authorities in the detection and prevention of benefit fraud?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] I am puzzled by that response, because was not the key recommendation of the Scampion report into organised benefit fraud that the Government should set up a single agency to investigate it? As part of our commonsense revolution, the Conservatives have accepted that recommendation, but the Government have not. Why not?