§ Mr. Weir
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications submitted to the CICA/CICB on behalf of children who have been victims of sexual abuse in each of the last five years have been successful, broken down by nation and region; 
(2) how many applications have been submitted to the CICA/CICB on behalf of children who have been victims of sexual abuse in each of the last five years, broken down by nation and region. 
§ Hilary Benn
The readily available information, which has been provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, is summarised in the following table. The awards resolved in any given year do not necessarily relate to the applications received in that year.
(2) what length of time papers presented to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and its predecessor the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board relating to applications are held by the authority. 87W
§ Hilary Benn
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) advise that, prior to 4 December 2001, it was the general policy of both CICA and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) to retain papers relating to applications for compensation for six years from the date of the last action on the case. The retention period was then reduced to five years because the increased throughput of resolved cases under the new tariff scheme was creating additional pressures on the available storage space.
The CICA's policy is to retain case files for applications submitted on behalf of children until the child reaches 21 years of age. In addition, in any case
Merseyside Greater Manchester Police England & Wales TSS Special Capital3 Total TSS Special Grant2 Capital3 Total TSS Special Grant2 Capital3 Total £million £million £million £million £million £million £million £million £million £million £million 1997/98 227.4 0 6.6 234.0 351.2 0 7.6 358.8 6,824.7 1.5 169.5 6,995.7 1998/99 233.2 0 3.5 236.7 364.7 0 4.3 369 7,035.5 5.8 144.4 7,185.7 1999/00 236.3 0.09 3.1 239.5 375.7 0.1 4.3 380.1 7,213.6 8.1 144.4 7,366.1 2000/01 242.3 4.3 3.9 250.5 386.0 6.6 4.8 397.4 7,415.3 113.1 144.4 7,672.8 2001/02 252.6 6.3 3.9 262.8 404.5 29.0 6.5 440.0 7,778.8 330.9 157.4 8,267.1 2002/031 253.1 17.4 5.6 276.1 407.4 24.0 9.3 440.7 7,831.5 460.9 209.4 8,501.8
1 Total Standard Spending figures (TSS) for 2002/03 are not directly comparable with 2001/02 owing to the change in funding arrangement for the National Crime Squad/National Criminal Intelligence Service. On a like-for-like basis the comparable figures for 2001/02 are £247.2million for Merseyside, £395.8million for Greater Manchester Police and £7,613.7million for England & Wales.
2 Special grant includes Home office Crime Fighting Fund, Rural policing grant, Airwave grant, payments from the DNA programme, National Intelligence Model payments, grant to tackle robbery, Fuel distribution emergency payments, grant to tackle robbery, execution of warrants grant, Beacon scheme payments, grant to tackle street crime and one-off payments of special grant for specific events.
3 Capital allocations include capital grant and supplementary credit approvals. General capital allocations from 1997/98 to 2000/01 included an element of grant for major capital schemes allocated under the Priority Planning List scheme that has now concluded. The general capital allocation for 2002/03 includes £l0million held as a reserve and £20million set aside for the Premises Improvement Fund. All police authorities have been invited to bid for a share of the Fund.
Central support services cannot be broken down for individual forces.
In addition to the above, forces benefited from additional funding for Targeted Policing Initiatives 1997–98 to 2002–03. Overall spend for Merseyside was £2.32million, Greater Manchester £1.4million and all England and Wales £29.6million.