Unemployed Persons (Supplementary Benefit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1977.

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Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Waltham Forest Walthamstow 12:00 am, 11th January 1977

We are looking at many ways of cracking down on fraud and abuse. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security made a statement on 21st September last year, a copy of which will be published in today's Official Report in answer to a later Question. In that statement my right hon. Friend gave an undertaking to devote resources to the pursuit of wrongdoers, but he emphasised that such action should not discourage genuine claimants. This remains our policy.