HC Deb 13 July 1994 vol 246 cc607-8W
Mr. McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children per 100,000 have been damaged by vaccine for each category of damage, broken down by first and second immunisations, for each year since 1987.

Mr. Sackville

[holding answer 5 July 1994]: The information requested is not available. However, the number of awards made under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 since 1987 is as follows:

Year Awards
1987–88 10
1988–89 3
1989–90 3
1990–91 1
1991–92 7
1992–93 13
1993–94 4

Note: Awards do not necessarily relate to vaccines administered in that year.

The Act, which is administered by the Department of Social Security, provides a scheme of one-off, lump-sum payments for people who have suffered either severe mental and/or physical disablement of 80 per cent. or more where it can be shown on the balance of probability that damage has resulted from vaccination.

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