[holding answer 23 October 2006]: Eligibility for the 20-year rule is determined in accordance with the published rules; a copy of which was placed in the Library of the House on 26 June. Since the introduction of the new rule, officials have been monitoring and gathering information on its application which includes those claims which do not qualify. An early analysis of any emerging trends is nearing completion and I will be discussing these with the Association of British Civilian Internees Far East Region before final decisions on rejections are made.
[holding answer 23 October 2006]: Civilian claims for a payment submitted before 7 July 2005 will be paid in full if:
(1) the applicant met those residence-based criteria now remaining following removal of the ‘birthlink’ criteria, or
(2) the applicant met the ‘birthlink’ criteria (such cases will be dealt with on a separate ex gratia basis in recognition of the fact that, at the time of their claim, such applicants had a reasonable expectation that the ‘birthlink’ criteria would apply in their case and that they would have been paid had their application been processed more quickly).
Veterans Agency records show that there are three claims in the second category. Action is in hand for these payments to be made.