Public Disorder: Uninsured Claimants — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 19th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat 2:37 pm, 19th December 2011

My Lords, thousands of households and businesses are still waiting for compensation from police authorities after all this time. Some £3,500 has been paid out, of the £200 million or so worth of claims, and many valid business interruption claims are being contested. Does the Minister agree, especially in the light of the Prime Minister's assurances on 11 August, that this is quite unacceptable? Will the Home Office issue firm guidance to police authorities to speed up the processing of claims and stop them hiding behind technicalities-for instance, that in some areas the disturbances did not constitute a riot for the purposes of the Act?