Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2002-2003

16 July 2003


New inquiry

The Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the Compensation Agency. The terms of reference for this inquiry are set out below.

It will wish to look into the following:

  • the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration and expenditure of the Agency, including its performance against key indicators and targets; and

  • the role of the Compensation Agency in

  1. supporting the victims of violent crime by providing compensation for serious injuries and financial loss;

  2. sustaining the confidence of the community by providing compensation for physical damage and consequential loss arising from criminal damage to property; and

  3. providing compensation to those who suffer loss from action taken under the Terrorism Act 2000.

The Committee may also choose to examine other associated issues which arise in the course of the inquiry.

The Committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive no later  than 10.00 am on Friday 12 September 2003.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.