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Miners’ Compensation

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which solicitors have received payments under the (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease conditional fee agreement for coal health compensation claims for claims registered by claimants living in Leicester, South constituency; and whether Vendside Ltd has received any payment from his Department for coal health compensation claims registered by claimants living in that constituency. (84113)

Conditional fee agreements do not form part of either the vibration white finger (VWF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) schemes. Solicitors are paid according to a tariff set out in the respective Claims Handling Agreement. The tables list the solicitors, including Vendside/UDM, that have received payments in accordance with those tariffs for representing claimants from the Leicester, South constituency:

VWF

Solicitor

Costs paid (£)

Ashton Morton Slack Solicitors

757

Beresfords Solicitors

470

Moss Solicitors

4,678

Oxley and Coward Solicitors

2,697

Vendside / UDM

1,351

Watson Burton LLP

737

Total

10,690

OPD

Solicitor

Costs paid (£)

Ashton Morton Slack Solicitors

1,770

Atteys

3,393

Avalon Solicitors

10,495

Beresfords Solicitors

8,543

Blackett Hart and Pratt Solicitors

1,223

BRM Solicitors

4,175

Browell Smith and Co.

6,059

Delta Legal

2,586

Bac Solicitors

2,977

Dodds and Partners

2,888

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

5,451

Hugh James

15,562

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

2,079

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

1,834

Mark Gilbert Morse

9,066

Marrons Solicitors

1,090

Moss Solicitors

46,148

O. H. Parsons and Partners Solicitors

3,055

Proddow and Mackay Solicitors

2,963

Raleys Solicitors

1,792

Thompsons Solicitors

5,659

Vendside Ltd

10,557

Watson Burton LLP

23,393

Wilson Browne incorp. Holyoak and Co.

3,055

Total

175,814

In addition, Vendside have been paid an additional £2,333 in costs for handling claims for Industrial Deafness for Leicester, South constituents which are dealt with under common law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which mining contractors have signed the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims handling agreement with his Department. (85431)

[holding answer 14 July 2006]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 12 May 2006, Official Report, columns 576-77W.