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Coal: Industrial Health and Safety

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many coal health compensation claims have been made by each solicitors’ firm on behalf of claimants resident in Bassetlaw constituency who are potentially eligible for a services claim. (292004)

The number of coal health compensation schemes that were eligible for services claim is shown in the following table as at 4 October 2009. The figures include services claim made under chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger.

Claimants’ Representatives

Location

Number of claims

Claim eligible for services

Claim eligible for services that have been settled

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

AMS (UDM claims only)

500

260

254

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

Sheffield

3

2

2

Atherton and Godfrey Solicitors

Doncaster

1

0

0

Atteys

Retford

136

105

103

Atteys

Rotherham

46

41

41

Avalon Solicitors (ceased trading)

Warrington

5

1

1

Bakewells

Derby

1

0

0

Banner Jones

Chesterfield

3

3

3

Barber Cartain Solicitors (ceased trading)

Manchester

1

0

0

Bell Dallman and Co.

Doncaster

4

4

4

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster

158

73

73

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster (UDM only)

569

247

243

BHP Law

Belmont

8

7

7

Branton Bridge

Manchester

4

4

4

BRM Solicitors

Chesterfield (UDM claims only)

1

1

1

Browell Smith and Co.

Newcastle upon Tyne

34

22

21

BurroughsDay Solicitors

Bristol

3

2

2

Colemans Solicitors

Manchester

6

2

2

Corries York

York

13

6

6

Davis Blank Furniss

Hadfield

1

0

0

Davis Blank Furniss

Manchester

4

4

4

Dean Thomas and Co. Solicitors

Worksop

3

1

1

Farleys Solicitors

Burnley

4

2

2

Flint Bishop and Barnett Solicitors

Derby

1

0

0

Foy and Co.

1

1

1

Foys Solicitors

Worksop

43

36

35

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

8

8

8

Gorvin Smith Fort Solicitors

Stockport

9

6

6

Grainger Appleyard and Fleming

Doncaster

1

1

1

Graysons Solicitors

Sheffield

610

462

452

Hamers Solicitors

Hull

1

1

1

Hickmotts Solicitors

Rotherham

23

16

16

Holmes and Hills Solicitors

Great Dunmow

1

0

0

Hopkins

Eden Court, Mansfield

97

84

84

Hopkins

Mansfield

1

1

1

Hopkins

4

1

1

Hugh James

Cardiff

3

3

3

Ilett and Clark Solicitors

Nottingham

4

3

3

Ingrams Solicitors

Hessle (VWF only)

3

2

2

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Sheffield

98

77

77

Keeble Hawson

Doncaster

39

32

31

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Sheffield

67

46

46

Kenyon Son and Craddock

32 South Parade

1

1

1

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

163

113

110

Kingslegal

Cardiff

1

0

0

Lloyd Green Solicitors

Glasgow (UDM only)

1

0

0

Lopian Wagner Solicitors

Manchester

4

0

0

Mark Gilbert Morse

Newcastle upon Tyne

3

2

2

Marrons Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

1

0

0

McArdles Solicitors

Hartlepool

3

0

0

Meloy Whittle Robinson

Preston

10

4

4

Mincoffs Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

3

2

2

Morrish and Co. Solicitors

Leeds

4

3

3

Mortons Solicitors

Sunderland

12

1

1

Moss Solicitors

Loughborough

13

9

9

Moss Solicitors

Moss UDM Claims Only

501

263

252

O. H. Parsons and Partners Solicitors

London

199

161

159

Oxley and Coward Solicitors

Rotherham

37

32

32

Pannone and Partners Solicitors

Manchester

4

3

3

Parker Rhodes Solicitors

Rotherham

1

1

1

Pinto Potts Solicitors

Aldershot

1

0

0

Raleys Solicitors

Barnsley

239

168

167

Richard J. Knaggs and Co.

Redcar

2

2

2

Robinson and Murphy Solicitors

Newcastle

1

1

1

Robinson King Solicitors (ceased trading)

Stockport

19

19

19

Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors

Sheffield

2

2

2

Saffmans Solicitors

Leeds

9

6

5

Sedgwick Phelan and Partners

Middleton, Manchester

1

1

1

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

Doncaster

16

11

11

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

4

2

2

Simpson Millar Solicitors

Leeds

3

3

3

Stanton Croft Estate Agents and Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

2

0

0

Stuart Bell and Associates

Worksop

143

112

112

The Quigley Partnership (ceased trading)

Bolton (do not use)

1

1

0

The Smith Partnership

Derby

1

0

0

Thompsons Solicitors

Manchester

2

2

1

Thompsons Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

26

22

22

Thompsons Solicitors

Nottingham

1

0

0

Thornleys

Huddersfield

2

1

1

TLW Solicitors

North Shields

29

10

10

Towells Solicitors

Wakefield

49

31

29

Tracey Barlow Furniss and Co.

Retford

1

1

1

Tracey Barlow Furniss and Co.

Worksop

9

3

3

Twigg Farnell Solicitors (ceased trading)

Rotherham

4

4

4

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Mansfield

1,009

698

693

Wake Smith and Tofields Solicitors

Sheffield

6

3

3

Walker and Co. Solicitors.

Rotherham

1

1

0

Watson and Brown Solicitors

South Shields

1

0

0

Watson Burton LLP

Newcastle upon Tyne

131

114

113

Total

5,198

3,380

3,326

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger coal health compensation claims submitted in (i) Bassetlaw and (ii) the UK have been disputed. (292005)

The number of claims for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) claims with a schedule 20 dispute and Vibration White Finger (VWF) claims with a formal dispute under the terms of the Claims Handling Agreements in Bassetlaw and the UK is shown in the following table as at 4 October 2009:

Bassetlaw constituency

Other UK constituencies

COPD

33

1865

VWF

27

1137

Total

60

3002

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Smith v. Manchester awards have been made to residents of Bassetlaw constituency represented by each solicitors' firm. (292006)

The number of awards for Smith v. Manchester for Vibration White Finger (VWF) under the Coal Health Compensation schemes made to former coal miners and their families at Bassetlaw constituency broken down by claimants' representative is shown in the following table as at 4 October 2009.

We are unable to provide the awards for Smith v. Manchester paid under Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease scheme as these figures are included within the schedule 11 calculations under the term of the Claims Handling Agreement, and it is not possible to isolate them.

Claimants' representative

Location

Number of VWF claims awarded Smith v. Manchester

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

AMS UDM claims only

168

Atteys

Retford

57

Atteys

Rotherham

32

Avalon Solicitors—Ceased trading

Warrington

1

Bell Dallman and Co

Doncaster

4

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster

53

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster (UDM only)

179

BHP LAW

Belmont

4

Branton Bridge

Manchester

4

BRM Solicitors

Chesterfield—UDM claims only

1

Browell Smith & Co

Newcastle Upon Tyne

7

Colemans Solicitors

Manchester

1

Conies York

York

3

Flint Bishop & Barnett Solicitors

Derby

1

Foy & Co

1

Foys Solicitors

Worksop

19

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

Newcastle Upon Tyne

7

Graysons Solicitors

Sheffield

244

Hickmotts Solicitors

Rotherham

14

Hopkins

1

Hopkins

Eden Court, Mansfield

34

Hopkins

Mansfield

1

Ilett & Clark Solicitors

Nottingham

2

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Sheffield

49

Keeble Hawson

Doncaster

4

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Sheffield

31

Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors

Newcastle Upon Tyne

58

Mark Gilbert Morse

Newcastle Upon Tyne

1

Meloy Whittle Robinson

Preston

1

Morrish & Co Solicitors

Leeds

1

Mortons Solicitors

Sunderland

1

Moss Solicitors

Loughborough

5

Moss Solicitors

Moss UDM claims only

145

0. H. Parsons & Partners Solicitors

London

101

Oxley & Coward Solicitors

Rotherham

11

Pannone & Partners Solicitors

Manchester

2

Parker Rhodes Solicitors

Rotherham

1

Raleys Solicitors

Barnsley

98

Robinson King Solicitors—Ceased trading

Stockport

6

Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors

Sheffield

2

Saffmans Solicitors

Leeds

3

Shaw & Co Solicitors

Doncaster

11

Shaw & Co Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

2

Stuart Bell & Associates

Worksop

52

Thompsons Solicitors

Manchester

1

Thompsons Solicitors

Newcastle Upon Tyne

12

Thornleys

Huddersfield

1

TLW Solicitors

North Shields

2

Towells Solicitors

Wakefield

15

Tracey Barlow Furniss & Co

Worksop

3

Twigg Farnell Solicitors—Ceased trading

Rotherham

2

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Mansfield

349

Wake Smith & Tofields Solicitors

Sheffield

4

Watson Burton LLP

Newcastle Upon Tyne

83

Total

1,895

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Smith v. Manchester awards have been paid to claimants represented by the 50 solicitors’ firms which have submitted the highest number of claims under the coal health compensation scheme. (292007)

The number of Smith v. Manchester awards made to claimants represented by the 50 claimants’ representative who have submitted the highest number of claims under the coal health compensation scheme is shown in the following table as at 4 October 2009.

We are unable to provide the awards for Smith v. Manchester paid under chronic obstructive pulmonary disease scheme as these figures are included within the schedule 11 calculations under the term of the Claims Handling Agreement, and it is not possible to isolate them.

Claimants’ representative

Location

Claims awarded Smith v. Manchester

Browell Smith and Co

Newcastle upon Tyne

4,424

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Mansfield

3,293

Raleys Solicitors

Barnsley

3,841

Thompsons Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

2,998

Hugh James

Cardiff

2,523

Graysons Solicitors

Sheffield

2,769

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster (UDM only)

1,857

Watson Burton LLP

Newcastle upon Tyne

2,274

Thompsons Solicitors

Edinburgh (Scottish claims only)

1,078

Towells Solicitors

Wakefield

1,726

Ashton Morton Slack LLP

AMS (UDM claims only)

1,414

Moss Solicitors

Moss (UDM claims only)

1,436

Beresfords Solicitors

Doncaster

1,276

Thompsons Solicitors

778

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

1,406

Atteys

Rotherham

1,295

O. H. Parsons and Partners Solicitors

London

937

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Sheffield

790

Saffmans Solicitors

Leeds

983

Moss Solicitors

Loughborough

785

Kingslegal

Cardiff

429

Latham and Co. Solicitors

Leicester

814

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

Doncaster

835

Conies Solicitors

Glasgow (Scottish claims only)

562

McLeish Carswell

Glasgow (Scottish claims only)

174

Oxley and Coward Solicitors

Rotherham

526

Randell Lloyd Jenkins and Martin

Llanelli

272

Mortons Solicitors

Sunderland

364

T. S. Edwards and Son Solicitors

Ystrad Mynach

410

Hickmotts Solicitors

Rotherham

594

Morisons Solicitors

Edinburgh (Scottish claims only)

378

Thompson and Co. Solicitors

Sunderland

343

Matrons Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

254

Gorman Hamilton Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

450

Hopkins

Eden Court, Mansfield

298

Meloy Whittle Robinson

Preston

221

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Sheffield

175

TLW Solicitors

North Shields

181

Furley Page

Canterbury

294

Corries York

York

278

Gabb and Co.

Powys

236

Russell Young Solicitors (do not use)

Newcastle upon Tyne

0

Endlars Solicitors

86A Bury Old Road

123

Keeble Hawson

Doncaster

119

Shaw and Co. Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

230

Gorvin Smith Fort Solicitors

Stockport

114

Branton Bridge

Manchester

104

Mincoffs Solicitors

Newcastle upon Tyne

91

Ross Harper Solicitors

Glasgow (Scottish claims only)

7

BHP Law

Belmont

113

Total

46,872