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Terrorist Attacks (Compensation)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation has been allocated to people affected by terrorist attacks in the UK in the last 24 months. (74616)

Compensation for people injured in terrorist attacks in Great Britain is paid from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. There is a separate, broadly similar scheme in Northern Ireland for people injured there.

The compensation provision available to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for incidents occurring in Great Britain was augmented by £5 million in 2005-06 to cover the extra costs of compensation arising from the 7/7 bombings. A further £2.5 million is being provided in the current financial year for the victims of the 7/7 bombings outside the terms of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Payments made to victims of terrorist incidents occurring in the last 24 months total £2.12 million to date. These payments are all in respect of the London bombings.

Other payments made in the last 24 months in respect of all previous terrorist incidents total £1.06 million. These payments relate to the London (Soho) bombing of 1999 and the Manchester bombing of 1996, and include both final awards and interim awards.

The Government also contributed £1 million to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, which has made payments totalling around £8 million to victims of the London bombings.