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Miners' Compensation

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid since 31 December 2002 in respect of (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger to former miners; how much has been paid to (i) solicitors and (ii) handling agents; and how much has been paid for medical assessments. [102850]

[holding answer 17 March 2003]: The information is as follows:

£ million
Total damages paid (1 January 2003 to 9 March 2003)9446.1140.1
Total solicitor costs (1 January 2003 to 9 March 2003)26.4430.4
Other costs which include payments to contractors* (1 January 2003 to 28 February 2003)14.3
* Due to commercial confidentiality, the Department is unable to provide a breakdown of the figures paid to individual contractors.