HC Deb 13 May 1998 vol 312 cc418-9

Lords amendment: No. 59, in page 32, line 25, at end insert— ("( ) Such notice as may be prescribed by regulations shall be given of a decision under this section.")

Mr. Keith Bradley

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this, it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendment No. 60.

Mr. Bradley

These technical amendments relate to the vaccine damage payments scheme. I hope that hon. Members will allow me to present them as a set rather than individually.

Amendment No. 59 is a minor amendment to clause 45. Clause 45 inserts a new section 3A into the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979. In effect, it replaces section 5, which deals with reconsideration of the Secretary of State's decision on a claim for a vaccine damage payment, and ensures that there continues to be provision for claimants to be notified of decisions.

Amendment No. 60 is an amendment to clause 46. It allows the Secretary of State to make regulations on the procedures to be followed by appeal tribunals that hear appeals against vaccine damage payment decisions.

I commend the amendments to the House.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendment No. 60 agreed to.

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