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Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of cases coming before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for each month over the past three years to the nearest convenient month; and what are the longest, shortest and average times taken for applications to be dealt with.

The number of applications received by the board in each month of the last three complete financial years is as follows:

1979–801980–811981–82*
April
1,7541,9302,021
May1,8741,8002,023
June1,7692,1712,330
July1,7552,0552,178
August2,0521,7712,081
September1,7002,2082,428
October2,0332,2322,301
November2,0292,0022,329
December1,5041,7601,608
January2,1371,9862,053
February2,0432,3142,406
March2,1512,4502,757
22,80124,67926,515

* Provisional figures.

Information about the time taken to resolve cases is not available precisely in the form requested, but the following indication of the time taken to deal with cases resolved in the last three years may be helpful.

1979–80 per cent.

1980–81 per cent.

1981–82* per cent.

3 months or less1·84·05·3

1979–80 per cent.

1980–81 per cent.

1981–82* per cent.

Over 3 but not more than 6 months22·730·031·6
Over 6 but not more than 9 months31·626·429·9
Over 9 but not more than 12 months18·715·915·1
Over 12 months25·223·718·1
100100100

* Provisional figures.

The longest outstanding application is one received on 29 April 1968 from a very seriously injured man who received a first award within a month and has since received 12 further interim awards. The application is being reviewed annually in the applicant's interests because of the instability of his medical condition.