Clause 10 - Compensation

Part of Anti-social Behaviour Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 6 May 2003.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 6:45, 6 May 2003

If the hon. Gentleman believes that he raised anything in Committee today that I have not tried to explore elsewhere to ensure that compensation is paid only in appropriate circumstances, he is wrong. I can assure him that those concerns have been kicked around.

Subsection 4(d) states:

''having regard to all the circumstances it is appropriate to order payment for compensation in respect of loss''.

That should cover the circumstances to which the hon. Gentleman referred in which it is clear that people may have met the strict guidelines but, because a freakish situation arises, it is inappropriate to pay compensation. That should be covered by paragraph (d) and we must ensure that that is adequate.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 10 ordered to stand part of the Bill.