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Terrorism (Victims)

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with ministerial colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the charitable fund to help British victims of terrorism. (110247)

My Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have worked closely together on the establishment of the charitable fund, and will continue to do so after its launch.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 816W, on victims of terrorism, if she will make a statement on the nature of the interim arrangements in place for the charitable fund to help British victims of terrorism; (110248)

(2) how many applications for compensation from the charitable fund to help British victims of terrorism since March 2006 have been made by UK victims of terrorism overseas; and whether any payments have been made to such victims;

(3) how many payments have been made to victims of terrorism from the charitable fund to help British victims of terrorism since March 2006.

Payments from the charitable fund have been made to all those UK citizens bereaved or seriously injured in incidents since March 2006 that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office class as terrorist acts.

Eighteen payments of £3,000 have been made. Payments from the charitable fund are made immediately following the incident, without the need for an application process. Payments are offered through the British Red Cross to those whom the Foreign Office confirm have been bereaved or seriously injured and the Red Cross is then reimbursed by my Department.