§ Mr. Robathan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims have been made for increased compensation payments to former owners of handguns handed in under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and how many(a) have been settled and (b) are outstanding. 
§ Mr. Michael
The levels of compensation under Options A and B of the compensation scheme and the evidence required in support of claims under Option C are prescribed in the scheme booklet approved by Parliament. There is no provision for making increased payments outside the terms of the scheme, and so the question of claims for such payments does not arise.