To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted for committing benefit fraud in financial years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01.
The information is in the tables:
|Year||Prosecutions||Cautions and administrative penalties as an alternative to prosecution(6)||Total|
|Year||Number of successful prosecutions(8)||Number of administrative penalties(6) administered as an alternative to prosecution(8)||Total(8)|
(6) Administrative Penalties, as an alternative to prosecution, were introduced by the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act (1997) with effect from December 1998.
(7) Figures are taken from local authority management information returns. It is possible that there could be some double counting with Benefits Agency data if there were cases which involved a joint prosecution.
(8) Data are not available for all 409 local authorities. The total for Great Britain includes estimates for local authorities that have not responded. These estimates are based on historical and regional data. This type of estimate is standard practice in reporting totals where there have been non-respondents. The figures have been rounded to two significant figures.