§ Mr. Ground
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much of the additional money being provided for the criminal injuries compensation scheme in 1987–88 he estimates will be spent on additional staff;
(2) how many additional officers he estimates will be engaged by the Criminal Injuries Compensation board as a result of the additional funds being provided for the criminal injuries compensation scheme in 1987;
(3) how many cases he estimates the Criminal Injuries Compensation board will resolve during the year 1987–88;
(4) what he estimates, on the basis of the planned expenditure on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the current level of new cases and the backlog of cases awaiting resolution by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will be at the end of 1987–88.
§ Mr. Mellor
The Government's plans make provision for the resolution of some 49,500 applications in 1987–88, which it is estimated will leave about 63,000 cases awaiting resolution at the end of March 1988. These plans involve the addition of about 100 staff at a cost of around £800,000 in 1987–88.