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 Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department 2:37 pm, 19th December 2011

My Lords, I accept what my noble friend says, that things have not been as speedy as they should have been. We estimate that some 5,000 claims have been received, totalling in excess of £250 million, but we must remember that a lot of those claims will include claims for loss that are not covered by the Act. We have to ensure that we do not pay out for things that the Government are not responsible for. We will try to deal with-as the noble Lord implied in his original Question-the uninsured claimants first of all, but obviously we want to deal with the insured claimants as well. That is why I stress that we are working with both the police authorities and the insurance companies to ensure that that is the case.