§ Dr. Cable
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the average length of time taken for firearms compensation under options A and B; and what is the expected time for claims submitted now under(a) options A and B and (b) option C. 
§ Mr. Michael
As at 1 January 1998, the average length of time to process claims under Options A and B was 19 weeks. Regular processing of Option C claims is expected to begin later this month.