§ Dr. Twinn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to introduce proposals to amend the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 to allow discretion in awarding payments outside the established time limits to those who were not aware of the provisions of the Act.
§ Mr. Scott
We have no plans to do so. The time limits in the scheme are already generous. Claims can be made within the six years following vaccination or, in the case of a child vaccinated before the age of two, the six years following the second birthday. To extend the time limits for claiming would increase the problems of obtaining medical and other relevant evidence, making it more difficult to confirm entitlement.