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Contingent Liabilities

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health which contingent liabilities for which his Department has responsibility have matured in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement. [105178]

The following sums have been paid against contingent liabilities in the five years to 31 March 2002.

Contingent liabilityYear in which paidAmount paid
An indemnity to water undertakings in respect of costs, damages and expenses not otherwise covered by insurance claims arising from claims and/or proceedings on the grounds of alleged harm to health arising solely from fluoridation1997–98£4,000
The Government originally paid £42 million to a trust from which payments are made to haemophiliacs infected with HIV virus, following treatment by the NHS with infected blood products. The Department has agreed to pay to the trust any sums required to make payments if the funds already provided prove insufficient.1997–98£3,000

Contingent liability

Year in which paid

Amount paid

1999–2000£1.99 million
2000–01£2.52 million
The Department was found negligent in failing to stop treating patients with Human Growth Hormone by 1 July 1977–at a time when possible consequences should have been apparent. Compensation will need to be paid to patients treated after this date who subsequently die from CJD.1998–99£1.678 million
1999–2000£3.278 million