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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many payments in respect of claims for industrial deafness benefits were made to former mineworkers by his Department in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009. (286876)

The Department does not manage any industrial deafness benefits.

However, the following table shows the total number of personal injury claims settled by payment and the total damages awarded for Noise Induced Hearing Loss scheme (NIHL) during 2008 and 2009 as at 30 June 2009.

Total claims settled

Total damages paid (£)

2008

752

248,459

2009

395

225,814

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many claims made by UDM-Vendside for compensation for (a) vibration white finger, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (c) hearing loss have not been settled (i) in full and (ii) in part. (286902)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The number of claims made by UDM-Vendside under the vibration white finger (VWF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) schemes and noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) that have not been settled in full and final payment and those where no interim payment has been made as at 5 July 2009 is shown in the following table.

Scheme

Total claims outstanding

Total claims—number of interim payment made

VWF

117

68

COPD

423

242

NIHL

851

852