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Vaccine Compensation Scheme (Scottish Proceedings)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many Scottish cases under the vaccination compensation scheme were delayed to allow preparation of Scottish legal papers by comparison with English cases agreed in principle at the same time; and if he will consider paying interest in these cases where delay resulted.

Eight cases were delayed pending preparation of the Scottish deed of trust and payment was effected in the period September-October 1979, the period of delay ranging from one to three and a half months. English cases dealt with concurrently were not delayed for similar reasons and most were paid somewhat more quickly, but the range of dates is wide. There is no provision for the payment of interest in such cases.