HC Deb 23 March 1989 vol 149 cc748-9W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will publish in theOfficial Report the number of children who received compensation from the Scottish Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for physical or psychological injuries suffered in cases of physical or sexual abuse in each of the past seven years; what was the range of the sums of compensation; and what was the average amount awarded to children following such cases;

(2) what consultations he proposes to undertake to ensure that any regulations made in terms of rule 14 of schedule 7 to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 go as far as possible to facilitate the success of applications on behalf of children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse and whose parents are either unwilling or unable to act on their behalf; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he has drafted regulations using his power under rule 14 of schedule 7 to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to prescribe the circumstances and method by which one person may act for another in relation to a claim for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to manage the payment and investments of awards to persons below the age of 18 years; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Since the criminal injuries compensation scheme operates on a Great Britain basis, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department.