HC Deb 13 April 1976 vol 909 cc450-1W
Mr. Bradford

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will indicate the cause of delay in deciding the amount and making payment of compensation relating to a claim made by D. McCune and Son, Arbour Street, Belfast, BT 14 6HN, in respect of damage to a sports centre at Rathcoole, claim number CIP 21805.

Mr. Concannon,

pursuant to his reply of 2nd April 1976 [Official Report Vol. 908, c. 569], gave the following information:

I replied on 5th March—[Vol. 906, c. 757]—to a Question from the hon. Member about a compensation claim for damage caused in 1972 to property belonging to this firm. I understand that the present Question relates to a composite claim in respect of four separate incidents in 1974, two during the Ulster Workers Council strike, one in the following June, and one in July.

Formal applications in respect of three incidents have been received, but additional information needed and asked for from the claimants on 5th February 1976 has not been submitted. No formal application for compensation has been received in respect of the fourth incident.

Compensation for damage to property in Northern Ireland is governed by the provisions of the Criminal Injuries to Property (Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 and it would be inappropriate for me to comment here on the substantive details of any current individual claim. But if the hon. Member requires further elucidation on the general principles of the Act a meeting can be readily arranged.