§ Ross Cranston
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 were made in each year since 2000; and how many were successful. 
§ Maria Eagle
The numbers of claims made under the Act are set out in the table.
Year Claims Received Claims Successful 2000 171 1 2001 176 2 2002 1406 8 2003 183 0 1 The figure for 2002 is so much higher than other years as a result of the Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) passed in June, extending the time limits for claiming and reducing the disability threshold. The order made provision for past claimants who had been turned down on the conditions revised by the RRO to make a further claim. 571 such cases were identified and, to date 334 such claims have been received.