HC Deb 26 November 1987 vol 123 cc253-4W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will contribute to the disaster fund set up by the London borough of Camden for the victims of the King's Cross fire.

Mr. Channon

The Government will be making a contribution of £250,000 to the King's Cross disaster fund. I hope that the Government's example will encourage others to join in helping the bereaved and those who suffered in this dreadful accident. Neither the fund nor my donation to it will affect claims for compensation.

Parliamentary approval for this payment will be sought in a Supplementary Supply Estimate for the Transport Services and Central Administration Vote. Pending that approval, the £250,000 donation will be met by an advance from the Contingencies Fund. As savings have occurred in class VIII, vote 2, there will be no increase in the public expenditure planning total.