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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much had been paid out as compensation to miners for (a) chest and (b) vibration white finger disorders as at December 2007. (189624)

The following table shows how much has been paid out as compensation to miners and their families for (a) chest claims and (b) vibration white finger claims as at 31 December 2007. Damages reflect total compensation paid on settled claims and any interim payments made on outstanding claims.

Policy

Total damages (£ billion)

COPD

2.2

VWF

1.6

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much had been paid in legal fees to (a) claimants’ solicitors and (b) other representatives of miners seeking compensation as at December 2007. (189629)

Please see the following table showing how much has been paid in legal fees to (a) claimants’ solicitors and (b) other representatives of miners and their families seeking compensation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Vibration White Finger (VWF) as at 31 December 2007.

Payee

COPD

VWF

Total (£ million)

Solicitors

937.7

153.4

1,091.1

Other representatives

24.8

10.1

34.9

Total

962.5

163.5

1,126.0