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Mining: Compensation

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timetable is for the transfer of information to the Law Society on claimants under the Miners' Compensation Claim scheme as piloted in Rother Valley. (197661)

The Department has already provided some information to the Legal Complaints Service (LCS). This will enable LCS to plan the next stages of their campaign which, I understand, is planned for autumn 2008. The Department will continue to work with LCS to ensure they have the information they require.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many requests from the Serious Fraud Office he has acceded to for information on mining compensation. (197663)

The Department is co-operating fully with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)—however, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on ongoing inquiries.

My statement in December 2005 reported that, although their investigations are continuing, the SFO were not now focusing on any suspected fraud against the Department.