New clause 2 - Fraud

State Pension Credit Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee on 25th April 2002.

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'The Secretary of State shall as soon as practicable after the end of the fiscal year 2004–05 and as soon as practicable after the end of each year thereafter lay before Parliament a report setting out—

(a) the extent of fraud in state pension credit claims; and

(b) the measures he has taken to deal with fraudulent claims for state pension credit.'.—[Mr. Clappison.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question proposed [this day], That the clause be read a Second time.

Question again proposed.

Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) 2:30 pm, 25th April 2002

I was about to bring my remarks to a close before we adjourned for lunch. I was talking about individual learning accounts, about which my hon. Friend the Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell) memorably asked the Deputy Prime Minister at Prime Minister's questions. The lesson that we must learn from the problems that arose with ILAs is that there is no room for complacency. If we do not scrutinise such provisions with the right degree of rigour, a great deal of fraud may suddenly come to light. That is what happened with ILAs, which had to be precipitately withdrawn.

Having highlighted the dangers that we face, I should say that I am grateful to the Minister for his remarks. As in other areas, we shall hold the Government to account as regards fraud. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Motion and clause, by leave, withdrawn.