§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who or what organisation initiated the litigation about the tariff scheme for criminal injuries compensation; and to what extent this litigation was funded out of public funds. 
§ Mr. Maclean
The applicants in the application for judicial review were the Fire Brigades Union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Women Teachers, Unison, GMB, the Royal College of Nursing, the Transport and General Workers Union, the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, the Prison Officers Association, the Civil and Public Services Association and the Trades Union Congress. After the House of Lords judgment, the applicants were awarded costs; these costs and the costs incurred by Government were met from public funds.386W
§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the police and medical authorities are co-operating sufficiently with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board concerning cases of the constituents of the hon. Member for Bolton, North-East. 
§ Mr. Maclean
Under the terms of the criminal injuries compensation scheme the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is exclusively responsible for the handling and determination of individual applications. The CICB reviews on an on-going basis the responses of the police and medical authorities to requests for reports. It advises that there are no significant problems in the Bolton, North-East area.