Mr. John M. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he proposes to reduce the disability threshold under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 as anticipated in his statement of 27 June; and if he will make a further statement. 
§ Mr. Bayley
In his statement of 27 June 2000,Official Report, columns 719–20, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made clear that two of the changes he announced—that is, an increase in the time limits for claiming a Vaccine Damage Payment (VDP) to age 21 for children and a reduction in the disability threshold from 80 per cent. to 60 per cent., would require amendments to the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979. We intend to legislate to bring about these changes as soon as the legislative timetable permits.