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Industrial Injuries Scheme: Knees

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account her Department takes of the participation of miners in industrial action in 1984 and 1985 when reckoning service in order to determine the compensation payable for (a) miners’ beat knee and (b) osteoarthritis of the knee. (292955)

[holding answer 14 October 2009]: Periods of industrial action in 1984 and 1985 are not relevant in considering entitlement to PD A6 (Beat Knee).

For osteoarthritis of the knee, periods of industrial action exceeding three months in 1984 and 1985 do not qualify as time spent underground and therefore do not count towards the 10 year qualifying period.