Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud, how many staff in his Department were (a) dismissed and (b) prosecuted for fraud offences in each year since 2003.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information is not available in the format requested. To extract this information from individual records for the period requested would be at a disproportionate cost.

The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007. The system did not categorise the reason for dismissal, for example fraud. The system was enhanced from 28 January 2008 to capture categories of dismissals.

Information on numbers prosecuted is not available. However the numbers of staff convicted for fraud since January 2004 are available and shown in the following table.

Number of staff convicted
January to March 2004 4
April 2004 to March 2005 11
April 2005 to March 2006 10
April 2006 to March 2007 14
April 2007 to December 2007 14

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