Written Answers. - Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Eric J. Byrne


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.