HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1199-200W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the newspapers subscribed to(a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken, and (ii) the annual cost. [52829]

Jane Kennedy

The information requested is as follows:

Newspapers Number of copies per week
Monday to Saturday
Belfast Telegraph 373
Daily Express 62
Daily Mail 101
Daily Mirror 68
Daily Record 5
Daily Star 45
Daily Telegraph 106
Evening Standard 11
Financial Times 53
Guardian 101
Independent 96
Irish Independent 71
Irish News 213
Irish Star 5
Irish Times 164

  1. (a) the introduction of a new statutory scheme;
  2. (b) the establishment of a tariff of injuries to calculate the standard amount of compensation;
  3. (c) in certain cases payment for loss of earnings and special expenses;
  4. (d) the introduction of a new bereavement support payment;
  5. (e) provision for review of decisions;
  6. (f) the establishment of an independent appeals panel to hear appeals against decisions of the Secretary of State;
  7. (g) the introduction of funded support and assistance from a designated body to replace paid legal assistance.

Costs It is anticipated that the proposed scheme will he capable of delivering fair compensation without incurring any additional costs to the Exchequer. It is likely that savings will accrue in the longer term, but, for the initial five years, additional funds for the compensation budget will be necessary while claims are settled under both the new and existing schemes. There are no costs to businesses and individuals.

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