§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS paid in compensation payments in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Stuart
Figures on the amounts included in the National Audit Summarised Accounts for clinical negligence payments for the last five years are as follows:
£million 1994–95 160 1995–96 173 1996–97 235 1997–98 144 1998–99 221
Figures for 1999–2000 are not yet available.
Because of changes to accounting practice required by the National Audit Office these data are not directly comparable.
Information on the non-clinical schemes is not available.