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Thalidomide Trust

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government received a request from the Thalidomide Trust in 1996 for the granting of tax rebates for victims of thalidomide receiving payments as a result of a covenant agreement between the Thalidomide Trust and Guinness. (295396)

The Government received a request in 1996 for additional funding on the basis of tax that had been paid by the trust.

The Government agreed to make a final ‘once and for all’ payment of £7 million in 1996 in recognition of the “unique and tragic circumstances which surround the Thalidomide disaster”. However, the Government made clear that this payment was not made to offset the tax paid by the trust.