§ 24. Mr. Hayward
asked the Paymaster General what steps are being taken to ensure that only those who are entitled to unemployment benefit receive it.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I refer my hon. Friend to my statement in the House on 28 October at columns 175 to 187. The changes that I announced will help us to identify those who are not genuinely seeking work. Those who are more properly entitled to alternative social security benefits, and those who can be helped in their efforts to re-enter employment. We have also increased the resources devoted to the investigation of benefit fraud during the last 12 months.
These measures are in addition to the normal day to day procedures applying in unemployment benefit offices.