§ Mr. Win Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 25 June,Official Report, column 67, how many interim awards have been made in each of the last three years to applicants by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board; and how long each applicant had been waiting when they received their interim awards. 
§ Mr. Maclean
The board advises me that 6,492 interim awards were made in 1993–94, 4,885 in 1994–95 and 6,391 in 1995–96, the latter being a provisional figure.
Interim awards are made in appropriate cases either at the instigation of the board, or on the applicant's request which may be received some time after the original application. Data on the period which had elapsed from the original application to an interim payment in each case are not readily available, but the board's records indicate that in the above cases the shortest period was five months and the longest 26 months.