§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter of 24 October from the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East about his constituent Mr. Jonathan Edwards and the final payment under the Firearms Compensation Scheme, and to the further letters on the same issue sent on 5 November 1997 and 16 January 1998. 
§ Mr. Michael
The reply was incorporated in my composite letter of 30 January 1998 to each hon. Member about the present position on the compensation scheme. I regret that the volume of correspondence received about the progress of individual claims had delayed a reply in this particular case, although I have replied to the hon. Member on other cases.