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Mining: Compensation

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims under the coal compensation scheme (a) have been settled and (b) remain to be settled. (192675)

As at March 2008, the Department has received 591,755 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims (COPD). Of these, 516,163 claims have been settled, leaving 75,592 outstanding.

The Department has also received 169,612 vibration white finger claims (VWF). Of these, 164,137 have been settled, leaving 5,475 to be settled.

We are working towards substantial completion of the schemes. For VWF, it is anticipated that around 300 claims will be outstanding by September 2008. For respiratory disease claims, a similar position is anticipated by summer 2009.