HC Deb 28 November 1983 vol 49 c410W
Mr. Bruce

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the Government propose to implement the recommendations of the Pearson commission relating to vaccine damaged children; what steps the Government will take to provide more adequate compensation; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

The Government have no plans to implement the recommendation. The £10,000 lump-sum payment under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 already provides vaccine damaged children with a measure of preference without prejudicing the right to institute legal proceedings on the grounds that negligence occurred. Our view is that any development should not extend this preference. Our long-term strategy is to work towards a more coherent system of benefits for disabled people in general.