HC Deb 19 May 1998 vol 312 c358W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will make a statement on progress on vaccine damage payments. [40615]

Mr. Denham

We are considering the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme, as part of the overall review of welfare which includes disability benefits, in consultation with the Department of Health. While this is on-going it is right that we should increase the payments to new claimants. A proposal will be placed before the House to increase the current payment of £30,000 by £10,000 to £40,000, as soon as possible.