Skip to main content

Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claimants under the coal compensation scheme have waited 10 years or more for compensation. (192731)

The Department received 592,000 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) claims. Of these, 669 claims were registered 10 years or more before being settled by payment. There are 1,916 COPD claims still outstanding that were registered 10 years or more ago.

The Department also received 170,000 vibration white finger (VWF) claims. Of these, 2,070 were registered 10 years or more before being settled by payment. There are 496 VWF claims still outstanding that were registered 10 years or more ago.

In each case, claims will have been registered before agreement was reached as to how claims should be handled and could not have been settled during these periods. In addition, many of the claims that remain outstanding involve co-defendant or other issues which are not within the Department’s control to resolve.