HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 c118W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments were made to each police authority in each year since 1997 under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886. [136544]

Ms Blears

Liability for payments under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 (RDA) rests with police authorities. Police authorities normally pay claims made under the RDA from within their existing resources. Police authorities may request special grant from the Home Office to help meet the cost of payments made under the RDA. There have been no payments of special grant for this purpose since 1997.

Information about the settlement by police authorities of claims made under the RDA has not been regularly collected centrally. The 'Consultation Document on Options for the Review of the RDA', which was published in July, estimated that £928,000 had been paid by police authorities since 1995. This is not a comprehensive figure as some RDA claims are still under negotiation by police authorities.

Further details of claims settled since 1995 are set out in Annex A to the Consultation Document, copies of which have been placed in the Library.

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