§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what claims for damages caused to boats by submarines are currently being considered; what total sum is involved; and what sums have been paid for damages in each year since 1979 and for the current year to date.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The Ministry of Defence deals on a legal liability basis with claims for compensation arising from incidents involving Royal Navy submarines. In each of the last 10 years, the following sums have been paid out as compensation:129W
Year £ 1979 750 1980 Nil 1981 Nil 1982 Nil 1983 2,800 1984 157,850 1985 236,100 1986 15,000 1987 100,400 1988 Nil
Four claims are currently being considered, the details of which are regarded as private between the claimants and the Department.