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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people in Houghton and Washington East constituency have had coal health claims settled since the scheme was introduced; and how much was paid out in relation to such claims. (208570)

The number of claimants in Houghton and Washington East constituency who have had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease claims (COPD) and Vibration White Finger claims settled are shown in the following table as at 1 June 2008.

Total claims settled1

Total damages paid on settled claims (£ million)

COPD

6,410

34.8

VWF

2,301

29.1

Total

8,711

63.9

1 Total claims settled includes claims settled by payment, denial, withdrawal or strike out.