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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of the total administrative cost of the coal health compensation schemes had been spent on (a) contractors and (b) external legal advice as at 31 March 2008. (202714)

With respect to Coal Health Compensation schemes, the Department’s administrative costs are broken down as follows as at 31 March 2008:

Contractors

Costs (£ million)

Proportion (%)

Departments Claims Handlers

450

74.7

Records Management

69

11.5

Consultants

32

5.3

Website

4.5

0.7

Other (Technical and special projects)

3

0.5

Department’s legal costs

44

7.3

Total

602.5

100

Other costs with respect to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Vibration White Finger (VWF) that are not part of the Department’s administrative costs are shown in the following table as at 31 March 2008. These are cost that would normally be borne by the plaintiffs but which, for these schemes, the Department has agreed to meet.

£ million

COPD

VWF

Claimants’ representatives

994

179

Medical

398

34

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average settlement has been for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims for the 20 solicitors firms who have submitted the greatest number of claims under the Coalminers’ Compensation Scheme. (202746)

The average settlement for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Vibration White Finger (VWF) by the 20 claimants’ representatives who have submitted the greatest number of claims is shown in the tables as at 20 April 2008:

Average claims for COPD

Claimants’ representatives

Total claims

Total claims settled by payment

Average damages paid on claims settled by payment (£)

Beresfords Solicitors

80,820

58,393

2,468

Thompsons Solicitors

57,963

43,646

9,182

Hugh James

56,814

39,700

7,275

Raleys Solicitors

48,893

33,749

5,935

Browell Smith and Co.

32,983

23,304

6,436

Avalon Solicitors

32,415

18,537

2,190

Mark Gilbert Morse

25,727

19,635

7,388

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

16,587

13,617

3,116

Barber and Co.

14,092

11,084

2,720

Watson Burton LLP

14,073

12,227

4,345

Graysons Solicitors

12,968

11,233

4,489

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

10,201

6,847

3,054

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

9,849

7,436

5,680

Delta Legal

9,424

6,635

2,164

TLW Solicitors

8,098

6,734

3,154

Moss Solicitors

7,943

6,083

4,115

Ingrams Solicitors

7,926

5,920

3,493

Birchall Blackburn

7,652

3,851

2,639

Corries Solicitors

7,491

4,559

3,241

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

6,786

4,599

9,928

Average claims for VWF

Claimants’ representatives

Total claims

Total claims settled by payment

Average damages paid on claims settled by payment (£)

Thompsons Solicitors

21,074

16,303

16,217

Browell Smith and Co.

16,463

11,689

10,644

Beresfords Solicitors

11,620

7,194

10,325

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

11,523

9,896

10,555

Raleys Solicitors

11,279

9,675

12,014

Hugh James

10,638

8,422

11,170

Graysons Solicitors

8,700

7,064

15,448

Moss Solicitors

7,397

4,984

10,411

Watson Burton LLP

5,935

4,941

16,978

Towells Solicitors

5,361

4,157

12,376

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

5,276

3,321

9,306

Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors

3,667

3,000

14,135

Atteys

3,358

2,934

14,445

O. H. Parsons and Partners Solicitors

2,702

2,203

10,985

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

2,364

1,978

14,078

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

2,267

1,992

17,973

Saffmans Solicitors

2,234

1,958

11,689

Kingslegal

1,884

1,573

8,428

Latham and Co. Solicitors

1,844

1,521

15,132

Corries Solicitors

1,677

1,175

22,330

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) contractors and (b) external law firms his Department has used in connection with the administration of the coal health compensation schemes. (202747)

With respect to the coal health compensation schemes, the Department’s contractors and laws firms are shown in the following table.

Role

Name of contractor

Healthcall (up to 2002)

Medical assessment for COPD and VWF for General Damages

Atos Origin (previously known as SEMA)

Medical assessment contractor for COPD and VWF for General Damages

Capita Healthcare Solutions

Medical assessment for VWF services

Capita Insurance Services (previously known as AON)

Claims handling contractor

RPS Business Healthcare

Medical records

Iron Mountain (previously known as Hays)

Records management contractor

Consultant from PWC

Audit and compliance consultancy

Consultant from Deloitte

Operational advice

Web Technology Group (previously Cable and Wireless)

Hosting, development and delivery of coalclaims.com website

Law firms

Nabarro

Legal advice England and Wales

McLure Naismith

Legal advice Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) law firms and (b) claims companies have submitted claims under the Coalminers’ Compensation Scheme. (202749)

With respect to coal health compensation schemes, the Department has received claims from 787 law firms and two claims companies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people in Warrington, North constituency have had coal health claims settled since the scheme was introduced; and how much has been paid out to them. (203151)

Since the coal health compensation schemes were introduced the following number of claims have been registered and settled in the Warrington, North constituency for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and vibration white finger (VWF) as at 31 March 2008:

COPD

Total claims registered: 294

Total settlements (all categories): 259

Total damages: £901,550

VWF

Total claims registered: 62

Total settlements (all categories): 60

Total damages: £654,027