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Terrorism: Compensation

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people claimed compensation for injuries arising from the terrorist attack in London of 7 July 2005; how many such claims have now been concluded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA); how many interim payments have been made; in how many cases no compensation has yet been paid; and what the highest sum is so far awarded to an individual by the CICA. (127295)

[holding answer 13 March 2007]: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) advise that, as at 9 March, they had received 573 applications in respect of the London bombings of 7 July 2005. 415 of these applications have been resolved (settled). Of the 158 cases outstanding, 31 have gone to review (the first tier in the two-tier appeals process) or to appeal (the second tier). Of the remaining 127 cases, 90 have had an interim payment, and three cases have been suspended because CICA are unable to contact the claimant. The highest sum awarded so far, in final settlement, was £152,050. Several interim awards have exceeded £100,000 and, once the final medical prognosis has become more certain and the final position regarding special expenses and loss of future earning capacity can be assessed, CICA expect that several final awards will exceed the highest award paid to date.