The Chairman and the five members who form the initial complement of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board have all been appointed. They give their services on a part-time basis, and, except for the Chairman—who holds a full-time judicial appointment—they receive fees of 20 guineas a day. I am informed that the scheme is operating smoothly so far.
I thank my hon. Friend for that information. As this is the first Question that she has answered in the House, perhaps I may preface my supplementary question by offering to her—I am sure on behalf of the whole House—our congratulations on her appointment. With regard to her reply, may I ask three questions? Can she give any indication of the number of claims that have been submitted since the scheme came into operation? Is she satisfied that adequate publicity has been given about the establishment of this scheme? Can she say what steps the Board has taken to publicise it? Lastly—
I thank my hon. Friend for his remarks. Between 1st August, 1964, when the scheme started operating, and 12th November, 81 applications were made for compensation. Applications are now being made at the rate of nine a week. I think this shows that the public at large realise that this scheme is in operation, but if there is need for any more publicity I will bring this matter to the attention of the Board.