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Disabled: Concessions

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people who retired from the coal industry due to ill health under the age of 50 years have been informed they are not eligible for concessionary coal. (148719)

The Department does not retain this type of information.

Eligibility for an entitlement to concessionary fuel is specified in Fuel Agreements, which have been agreed with the Mining Unions and form part of an employee’s terms and conditions of employment.

The award is made by the employer, when the miner leaves employment and no information is held by Government on how many miners, on leaving employment, have not met the criteria specified in the Fuel Agreements.