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Industrial Injuries

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of miners who developed beat knee while working in the mining industry. (252141)

[holding answer 28 January 2009]: It is not possible for the Department to estimate the number of miners who developed beat knee. However, the Department received nearly 15,000 claims for beat knee as a result of litigation which was not pursued beyond 2005. The Department currently faces litigation for osteoarthritis of the knee and meniscal damage but not for beat knee which is a separate condition.