An injury compensation scheme for British victims of terror abroad has been unveiled by the government.
The scheme would be brought into action where people are not covered in the country where the attack took place and will extend the remit for injury compensation related to acts of terrorism, which currently applies to the UK only.
Justice secretary Jack Straw said in a statement: "Terrorism is intended as a political statement and an attack on society as a whole,"
"Therefore it is right that, as a tangible expression of sympathy, society should compensate the victims of terrorist attacks abroad in recognition of the injuries suffered."
It has been revealed that the amount of compensation will be calculated according to a tariff which is based on the seriousness of the injury.
The news follows reports that the government has issued an apology and a compensation package to the victims of thalidomide.