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Criminal Injuries Compensation

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of the funds made available by the Criminal Injuries Board has been paid to (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) other citizens in each of the last three years; and if he will take steps to ensure that the country of origin and residence of those individuals who have received Criminal Injuries Compensation are (i) recorded and (ii) made available to the public. (291329)

Eligibility to apply for compensation under the criminal injuries compensation scheme (CICS) is open to blameless victims of violent crime occurring in Great Britain, regardless of their nationality. Accordingly, as an applicant’s nationality has no bearing on the assessment of his/her application for compensation, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which administers the CICS, does not maintain statistics on the citizenship of compensation applicants. The information sought is not therefore available and for the same reason CICA has no plans to record this information.