§ Mr. Rossi
The 200 outstanding cases have now been cleared and bonus payments made where appropriate. The Department has no legal liability to pay interest or compensation where the payment of benefit has been delayed. A scheme is operated, however, under which ex gratia payments can be made in certain cases-where the delay was due to departmental error, has exceeded 12214W months and the arrears payable amount to £50 or more. These conditions are not satisfied in the case of the delayed Christmas bonus payments and compensation cannot therefore be paid.