§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she has agreed to the retention of Next Steps Agency status by the Compensation Agency after 31 March 1998; what future plans the Compensation Agency has prepared; and when they will be published. 
§ Mr. Ingram
I have agreed that the Compensation Agency retains its status as a Next Steps agency from 1 April 1998 to 31 March 2000. The Agency will publish today its Corporate Plan and Business Plan. The Plans explain the Agency's business and organisation and set out the assumptions about workloads and resources which underpin the plans and targets.