§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the anticipated average period from receipt of claims for payment of compensation for handguns surrendered (i) under section (a), (ii) under section (b), (iii) under section(c) and (d) for. 22 handguns. 
§ Mr. Michael
The present average processing time for claims under Options A and B of the compensation scheme for large calibre handguns and for applications under the voluntary ex gratia payment scheme for small calibre pistols is around 22 weeks from the date of receipt in the Firearm Compensation Section. Regular processing of claims and applications under Option C of the schemes has begun, starting with those received at the beginning of July.