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Ex-miners (Compensation)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in establishing a minimum compensation payment scheme for ex-miners suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (82780)

The Department supports the minimum payment proposal in principle and continues to work with the claimants’ solicitors group to conclude matters. Discussions are nearing resolution and I hope the issues that remain are now resolved quickly enabling final agreement, including approval from solicitors, to be achieved.