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Miners' Compensation

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average payment has been made to claimants in each coal board area with vibration white finger in categories one to three; and how much was paid in legal fees to lawyers in each region. (74676)

Average payments for each vibration white finger (VWF) group, total compensation and total solicitor fees per region are detailed in the following table:

Average payment by VWF group (£)

Region

1

2

14

Compensation total (£ million)

Solicitors’ fees total (£ million)

Wales

9,642

8,937

7,858

102.4

12.0

Scotland

10,812

10,659

9,781

59.0

6.6

East Midlands

9,592

8,973

8,432

201.1

11.2

Yorkshire

9,935

9,545

8,309

319.6

33.1

North East

11,797

11,427

10,985

142.8

26.4

Midlands

8,622

8,361

7,043

76.8

3.0

South/South East

9,676

8,640

7,309

16.0

2.5

Other

8,073

8,473

5.0

0.2

Overall

9,962

9,556

8,763

922.7

95.1

1 Group 3 claims are denied and no payments made to claimants in this Group. Group 4 claims are from those miners who were in a Group 3 occupation but have been tortiously exposed to vibration and therefore received settlement payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the Coal Health Claims scheme to be completed. (75195)

Our current predictions are to complete the Vibration White Finger scheme during 2008 and the respiratory disease scheme during 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Thompson solicitors have received in fees from processing Coal Health Claims from people in (a) North Durham, (b) Durham and (c) in total. (75196)

The figures for fees paid to Thompson for processing claims under the Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) schemes are set out in the following table:

£

North Durham

County Durham1

Total

COPD

2,424,580

17,198,310

88,039,621

VWF

218,117

2,829,608

11,573,906

Total

2,642,697

20,027,918

99,613,527

1 County Durham is made up of North Durham, North West Durham, City of Durham, Easington, Sedgefield and Bishop Auckland constituencies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals have received payments from the Coal Health Claims scheme in (a) County Durham, (b) North Durham and (c) in total. (75197)

The figures for payments made to claimants under the Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) schemes are set out in the following table:

North Durham

County Durham1

Total

COPD

3,664

21,534

318,210

VWF

595

6,819

128,948

Total

4,259

28,353

447,158

1 County Durham is made up of North Durham, North West Durham, City of Durham, Easington, Sedgefield and Bishop Auckland constituencies.