§ Mr. Hunter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation payments are outstanding under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
As at 27 January, there were just 748 claims outstanding under the firearms compensation schemes. Of these, 643 claims were ones in which payment offers have been made to the claimants concerned but have yet to be accepted.