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Coal Miners (Compensation)

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of former coal miner claimants represented by each of the top 10 claims handlers have had their claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and (b) vibration white finger denied. [119520]

The figures are:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Top 10 Solicitors12Denials as a percentage of total offers
Thompsons11.86
Hugh James Ford Simey9.38
UDM18.34
Raleys6.16
Mark Gilbert Morse8.87
Beresfords25.28
Browell Smith and Co.5.89
Graysons16.45
Watson Burton6.11
Randall Lloyd Jenkins and Martin12.00
1 Top 10 Solicitors are in descending order and based on total claims intimated.
2Denials and total offers are based on the last assessment made as reported in the COPD Weekly Statistics (lines 5.12 and 5.13 respectively).
VWF
Top 10 Solicitors12Denials as a percentage of total offers
UDM30.92
Thompsons27.39
Browell Smith and Co.29.47
Raleys19.51
Hugh James Ford Simey23.95
Graysons24.39
Watson Burton24.74
Towells20.62
Beresfords44.72
Kidd and Spoor Harper22.33
1 Top 10 Solicitors are in descending order and based on total claims intimated.
Includes Group 3 denials for which solicitors can contend the denials by providing evidence in accordance with the Occupational Group Procedure.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims to date have been received from the Leigh, Makerfield and Wigan constituencies under the coal health compensation scheme for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger; and what percentage of those claims that have (i) received an interim payment, (ii) been fully settled and (iii) not been settled at all. [117936]

[holding answer 17 June 2003]: The figures as of 31 May 2003 are as follows: