§ Mr. Neil Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims made for compensation for the surrender of handguns and ammunition have(a) been settled and (b) remain outstanding; what has been the total compensation paid to date; and what the final figure is expected to be. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
As at the end of October, a total of 74,597 claims under the firearms compensation and exgratia payment schemes had been paid. There are currently 966 claims outstanding, of which 800 are ones where payment offers have been made to the claimants in question and are awaiting acceptance. A total of £88.96 million has been paid out and the final figure is expected to be approximately £90 million.