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British Coal Compensation

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many claimants registered claims in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal white finger litigation; and, of these claimants, how many have made payments by way of success fees, administration charges or union fees to third parties, including solicitors, claims companies or trades unions. [HL1052]

There are 591,000 claims registered for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 170,000 claims registered for vibration white finger. We do not have the information regarding payments made as success fees, administration charges or union fees as the department is not party to any agreement between claimants and their representatives.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will assist miners and widows in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal white finger litigation to seek redress against those solicitors who charged them success fees, administration charges or union fees; and, if so, whether they will instruct their claims handlers to deliver to past and present claimants advice on their rights. [HL1056]

We do not have the information regarding payments made as success fees, administration charges or union fees as the department is not party to any agreement between claimants and their representatives.