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Miners' Compensation

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average coal health settlement is in cases represented by Avalon Solicitors. (91518)

The average settlement in coal health claims represented by Avalon Solicitors is set out by scheme in the following table:

Claims settled by payment

Compensation paid (£ million)

Average settlement (£)

Vibration white finger

113

0.7

6,190.47

Respiratory disease

13,998

27.3

1,950.27

Total

14,111

28.0

1,984.22

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of removing Watson Burton Solicitors from the Coal Health Claim panel of solicitors following the Law Society official reprimand of their senior partners of 27 February 2006 for breaches of rules 1c, 1e, 9 and 15 of the Solicitors Practice Rules 1990. (91519)

The Department neither appoints solicitors to represent individual claimants nor to the co-ordinating group of such claimants representatives. Reprimands by the Law Society are currently confidential as between the solicitor and the Society and it is not appropriate for me to comment on that.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) miners’ hearing loss, (b) vibration white finger and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been made in Bassetlaw constituency in each of the last seven years, broken down by solicitor. (93714)

The information requested is in the following table.

Solicitor

<2001

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total

1 Legal Solicitors

0

0

0

0

63

0

0

63

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

292

101

2

4

3

0

0

402

Atteys

2

3

1

6

15

0

0

27

Atteys Solicitors

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Avalon Solicitors

3

3

4

30

107

0

0

147

Bailey Bravo Jobling

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

Banner Jones Middleton

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

Barber and Co

2

2

0

147

70

0

0

221

BBH Solicitors

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Bell Dallman and Co

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

4

Bell Wright and Co

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

3

Beresfords Solicitors

246

115

347

539

143

0

0

1,390

Birchall Blackburn

0

0

0

28

28

0

0

56

Blackett Hart And Pratt Solicitors

10

0

0

0

2

0

0

12

Bleasdale and Co

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Branton Bridge

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

4

Brian McArdle Solicitors

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

BRM Solicitors

3

3

1

92

162

0

0

261

Browell Smith and Co

11

6

5

4

22

1

0

49

Burroughs Day Solicitors

2

0

2

5

3

0

0

12

Chappell Pascoe Solicitors

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Clarkes Solicitors

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Colemans Solicitors

1

1

7

0

0

0

0

9

Cordner Lewis Solicitors

1

0

0

0

13

0

0

14

Corries York

3

4

13

16

11

0

0

47

Davis Blank Furniss

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Dean Thomas and Co Solicitors

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

Delta Legal

0

0

0

2

127

0

0

129

DMH Stallard

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

3

Elliot Mather

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Emsleys Solicitors

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

Endlars Solicitors

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Parleys

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

6

Foy and Co Solicitors

46

10

8

6

33

0

0

103

Frank Alien Pennington Solicitors

12

4

0

2

4

0

0

22

Furley Page

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

German Hamilton Solicitors

9

0

0

8

9

0

0

26

Gorvin Smith Fort

4

4

5

2

0

0

0

15

Graysons Solicitors

269

68

42

131

126

0

0

636

Greene Wood and McLean

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Hamers Solicitors

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Hickmotts Solicitors

8

2

2

1

0

0

0

13

Hilary Meredith Solicitors

0

0

0

11

50

0

0

61

Hindle Campbell Solicitors

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

4

Hollis and Co Solicitors

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Hopkins

92

6

1

4

19

0

0

122

Hugh James

12

0

0

41

26

0

0

79

Ilett and Clark Solicitors

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

4

Ingrams Solicitors

4

0

2

48

22

0

0

76

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

67

14

15

11

27

0

0

134

J M Skinner Solicitors

0

5

0

4

4

0

0

13

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

36

11

2

4

5

0

0

58

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

69

18

43

155

56

0

0

341

Kites Solicitors

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Lawrence Hamblin

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

Linder Myers

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Lopian Wagner Solicitors

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

Maidments Solicitors

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

Mark Gilbert Morse

36

301

22

89

33

0

0

481

Marrons Solicitors

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

5

McArdles Solicitors

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

McConville O'Neill

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Meloy Whittle Robinson

3

6

12

12

2

0

0

35

MLM Solicitors

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

3

Morrish and Co Solicitors

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

4

Mortons Solicitors

2

1

16

4

1

0

0

24

Moss Solicitors

244

110

43

21

40

0

0

458

O H Parsons and Partners Solicitors

167

25

11

16

17

0

0

236

Oakley and Davies

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Onyems and Partners

1

0

1

72

4

0

0

78

Oxley and Coward Solicitors

10

2

1

1

1

0

0

15

Pannone and Partners

1

0

2

4

2

0

0

9

Parker Rhodes Solicitors

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Peace Revitt Solicitors

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

Proddow and Mackay Solicitors

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

7

Raleys Solicitors

175

51

31

33

185

0

0

475

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

0

0

7

44

16

0

0

67

Recompense Ltd

0

0

0

0

98

0

0

98

Reeds Solicitors

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

Richard J Knaggs

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Richmonds Solicitors

56

19

11

8

10

0

0

104

Robinson King Solicitors

10

3

0

1

0

0

0

14

Ross and Co

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

5

Saffmans Solicitors

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Shacklocks Mansfield

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Shaw and Co Solicitors

9

5

5

1

2

0

0

22

Simpson Millar Solicitors

26

3

0

1

7

0

0

37

SIS Law

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Stuart Bell and Associates

30

19

15

24

82

0

0

170

Taylor Bracewell Solicitors

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

The Legal Warehouse

3

1

96

93

47

0

0

240

Thompsons Solicitors

105

13

7

3

12

0

0

140

Towells Solicitors

32

9

2

6

4

0

0

53

Tracey Barlow Furniss and Co

10

1

2

2

3

0

0

18

Twigg Farnell

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

412

135

34

348

216

0

0

1,145

Wake Smith

7

2

4

266

14

0

0

293

Watson Burton LLP

58

7

7

22

25

0

0

119

Wheelers Solicitors

0

0

0

16

3

0

0

19

Whittles Solicitors

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Wilson Browne incorp. Holyoak and Co

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Total

2,630

1,100

852

2,413

2,003

1

0

8,999