HC Deb 20 October 1994 vol 248 cc318-9W
Mr. McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security in respect of payments under the vaccine damage payment scheme, in each year since 1987(a) how many claims were withdrawn, (b) how many claimants were under two years of age, (c) how many claimants were disabled to less than 80 per cent. due to vaccination, (d) in how many cases claimants' disablement was not due to vaccination and (e) in how many other cases section 2 conditions were not fulfilled; and what were the reasons why claims were withdrawn.

Mr. Hague

(a) None prior to the vaccine damage tribunal stage. Claims withdrawn at the tribunal stage are in the table.

(e) The information is in the table.

Disallowances under Section 2(1), VDP Act 1979
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 21994
S.2(1)(a)(i) 1
S.2(1)(a)(ii) 1 2
S.2(1)(b) 4 2 4 2 5

With reference to claims withdrawn, I would refer the honourable Member to my answer at (a).

1The figures exclude those where causation has not been fully investigated owing to the claimant's disability falling substantially short of 80 per cent.

2Correct at 13 October 1994.