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Compensation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims for compensation under the Human Rights Act 1998 have been brought against his Department (a) in total and (b) by prisoners since 2000. (255247)

The information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at significant disproportionate cost requiring individual examination of thousands of files.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has paid out in compensation in respect of claims made under the Human Rights Act 1998 since 2000. (255393)

The information requested is not held centrally. Given that issues relating to the Human Rights Act may be raised in any proceedings in any court or tribunal, the information could be obtained only by a member of staff manually sifting through all files held in respect of proceedings brought against the Department (or its predecessors) during the last nine years, to identify whether any compensation paid was in respect of a claim involving the Human Rights Act. The cost of doing so would be disproportionate.