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Written Answers

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 9 November 1977

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Written Answers

Special Constabulary: Retirement

asked Her Majesty's Government:What was their estimate of the number of Special Constables over the recommended age and hence due for retirement at the time of the publication of the report of the Home Office Working Party dated November 1976, and how many have since resigned voluntarily or been retired.

It is estimated that the number of Special Constables over the recommended retiring age at the time of publication of the report was about 4,000. The other information is not held centrally and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

Special Constabulary: Strength

asked Her Majesty's Government:How the total strength of the Special Constabulary in England and Wales today——or at the latest convenient date—compares with the strength of 23,011 printed in Appendix C of the report of the Home Office Working Party dated November 1976.

The total strength of the Special Constabulary in England and Wales on 31st December 1976, the latest date for which the information is available, was 21,416.

Civil Liability And Personal Injury Compensation

asked Her Majesty's Government:When the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury is likely to report.

The Royal Commission's Report is expected by the end of this year.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Whether they intend to make a statutory scheme for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Proposals for placing the Scheme on a statutory footing, with such modification as may appear desirable, will be prepared in the light of the recommendations of an Inter-Departmental Working Party which has been reviewing the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The Working Party's report is expected within the next few weeks. It is unlikely that any final decision on the future of the Scheme will be made before the Government have had the opportunity to consider not only the Working Party's report but also the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury. I understand that the Royal Commission hopes to complete its work by the end of the year and to report as soon as possible afterwards.House adjourned at seven minutes past eight o'clock.