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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) former miners and (b) members of families of former miners in (i) North Staffordshire, (ii) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (iii) the UK have (A) made claims, (B) received interim payments and (C) accepted final settlements in respect of compensation for (1) chronic bronchitis and emphysema or other respiratory diseases, (2) vibration white finger, (3) carpal tunnel syndrome and (4) pneumoconiosis; how much has been paid in respect of each category; and how many claims of each type in each area have yet to be settled in full. (138817)

The following table shows the information requested. We can only provide figures by constituency or postcode. Figures for north Staffordshire are not available. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) covers chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Newcastle-under-LyneTotal1

Miners

Families

Miners

Families

COPD claims

Claims registered

1,108

1,678

242,369

349,347

Claimants who have received an interim payment

139

232

20,137

48,420

Total settlements

924

1,055

205,273

234,302

Outstanding claims

184

623

37,096

115,045

Total damages paid

3,441,561

6,193,312

689,263,396

1,401,895,349

VWF claims

Claims registered

620

92

132,392

22,915

Claimants who have received an interim payment

231

30

66,868

7,945

Total settlements

550

85

114,692

20,,640

Outstanding claims

70

7

17,700

2,275

Total damages paid

3,504,951

391,379

1,159,518,929

111,361,108

Carpal tunnel syndrome claims

Claims registered

73

2

13,353

957

Claimants who have received an interim payment

38

9,839

582

Total settlements

62

2

10,449

761

Outstanding claims

11

2,904

196

Total damages paid

661,115

3,398

176,946,980

6,939,705

1 The figures include almost 5,000 overseas claims.

The Department is unable to identify those COPD claims which include a pneumoconiosis element. However, under the coal workers pneumoconiosis scheme we have received 90,571 claims, 89,418 of which have been settled by payment. We are unable to provide specific data for the Newcastle-under-Lyme constituency, nor provide the split between miners and their families.