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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Fraud and the Justice System

Justice Committee
Fraud and the Justice System

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Start times: 2.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)


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Damian Hinds to be quizzed on Government’s fraud strategy 

Security and Borders Minister Damian Hinds will face questions from the Justice Committee in the final evidence session of its inquiry into fraud and the Justice system, at 3pm on Wednesday 20 April. 

Fraud is the most commonly experienced form of crime in England and Wales, making up 40% of all reported incidents. Around 876,000 cases, amounting to an estimated £2.4 billion, were recorded in 2020-21 by Action Fraud, Cifas, and UK Finance. But this figure is thought to be lower than the true number of fraud cases committed. The Committee has also heard that the majority of frauds are perpetrated in part by parties based abroad. 

The Government has stated that combatting fraud is a key priority. The Joint Fraud Taskforce was relaunched in October 2021 and a new Fraud Strategy is expected to be published later this year. The Crown Prosecution Service has also launched an Economic Crime Strategy to improve the criminal justice response.  

Likely areas of questioning

The session will examine what practical steps the Government intends to take combat fraud. This will include how the justice system can better uncover and prosecute such crimes, but also how victims can be better supported and compensated. It will also examine how the Government plans to work with the finance, technology and communication industries in responding to the everchanging fraud landscape, particularly with information and intelligence sharing.  

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Fraud and the Justice System
Minister for Security and Borders at Home Office
Director for Economic Crime at Home Office

Location

Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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