Written Answers. - Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Eric J. Byrne

Question:

67 Mr. E. Byrne asked the Minister for Justice the proposals, if any, she has to reintroduce the pain and suffering clause into the criminal injuries compensation scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9055/97]

As I mentioned in my reply to the Deputy's recent question — Official Report, volume 475, column 1228 — the question of restoration of the pain and suffering clause is being considered as part of a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and I expect to receive a report in the matter shortly.

Any proposals which I might have following detailed examination of these matters will have to be considered and approved by the Government before being announced in the normal way.