Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many calls have been received by the Benefit Fraud Hotline in each month since September 1999. [150587]

    Mr. Rooker: The information is in the table.

    Month Total calls
    1999
    September 12,971
    October 9,291
    November 14,683
    December 10,906

    2000
    January 14,272
    February 19,285
    March 23,118
    April 12,815
    May 21,674
    June 18,212
    July 17,440
    August 20,289
    September 15,851
    October 13,980

    November 15,243
    December 9,073

    2001

    January 16,940

    Notes:

    1. Figures vary as some months are made up of four and some of five week periods.

    2. Figures will also vary due to the hotline being closed over public holidays.

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