§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will detail the numbers of claims pending from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for each of the last five years; and if he will state the average length of time it has taken for settlements to be made in each of these years.
§ Mr. Mellor
The numbers of cases before the board at the end of each financial year for the last five years were:
Cases pending 31 March 1982 28,700 31 March 1983 32,100 31 March 1984 34,300 31 March 1985 41,800 31 March 1986 51,500
Information is not available about the average time taken to deal with applications; the table gives the proportions of cases resolved by the board within 12 months of application.
Percentage of cases resolved within twelve months of application Financial year 1981–82 81.9 1982–83 76.3 1983–84 75.3 1984–85 74.5 1985–86 169.6 1 Provisional.