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Coal Health Compensation Scheme

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful claims have been registered in post code areas (a) LE1, (b) LE2 and (c) LE5 for (i) vibration white finger and (ii) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease under the coal health compensation scheme. (101766)

The numbers of claims submitted and settled by payment in the areas listed are set out in the following table:

Respiratory diseaseVibration White Finger

Claims

Submitted

Settled by payment

Submitted

Settled by payment

LEI

8

7

2

1

LE2

166

99

33

18

LE5

95

57

13

11

Total

269

163

48

30

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to Vendside Limited for handling claims registered in post code areas (a) LE1, (b) LE2 and (c) LE5 under the coal health compensation scheme. (101767)

Costs paid to Vendside Ltd. for handling coal health compensation claims in the areas listed are detailed in the following table:

LEI

LE2

LE5

Total

Respiratory disease

1,737

12,745

1,737

16,219

Vibration White Finger

1,234

705

1,464

3,403

Hearing Loss

No payment

4,498

615

5,113

Total

2,971

17,948

3,816

24,735

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners have received a full and final payment of £500 or less for chronic bronchitis and emphysema in each of the last three years. (103591)

The numbers of miners who have received payments of less than £500 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the last three years are shown on the following table:

Number of claims settled by payment (where total value is less than £500) in period

1 January 2004 to 31 December 2004

7,060

1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005

7,426

1 January 2006 to 31 October 2006

3,309

Total

17,795