§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to its budget since 1 May 1997 of fraud; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The figures requested are in the table.
£ Year Amount 1997–98 61,415.25 1998–99 66,897.29 1999–2000 48,148.81 2000–01 56,831.99
The Department of Health now has a Directorate of Counter Fraud Services staffed by professionally trained and accredited counter fraud specialists.