§ Mr. Shersby
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Westminster, North (Sir J. Wheeler) of 20 December 1991,Official Report, column 351, whether the new level of eligibility for criminal injuries compensation under the criminal injuries compensation scheme will apply to all cases irrespective of the date of the injury for which compensation is sought; and if he will 684W make an estimate of the number of claims that will be disallowed annually as a result of the change in minimum award level.
§ Mr. John Patten
The new lower limit for eligibility for compensation under the criminal injuries compensation scheme will apply to all applications received by the board on or after 6 January 1992, irrespective of the date of the injury that led to the application.
It is estimated that up to an additional 6,000 applications will be excluded by the new lower limit in a full year. However, the old lower limit will apply to all applications received by the board before 6 January 1992.