There is a "moral case" for compensation to be paid to people affected by the contaminated blood scandal, the government has said.
But Paymaster General Jeremy Quin told MPs he could not commit to a timetable.
In August, the government announced that 4,000 UK victims would receive interim payments of £100,000.
Tens of thousands of people contracted HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s after being given infected blood.
In September, modelling by a group of academics commissioned by the public inquiry estimated that 26,800 people were infected after being given contaminat