Mineworkers' Compensation

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 28th September 2000.

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Photo of Lord Dormand of Easington Lord Dormand of Easington Labour 3:00 pm, 28th September 2000

My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his detailed reply. However, he mentioned that progress in the matter has been slow. Is he aware of the widespread criticism and anger that have arisen in dealing with so many of the claims? Can he tell us the problems? After nearly two years have been spent dealing with the scheme, surely those problems ought by now to have been identified and dealt with. Can my noble friend also tell the House how many claims have been made and how many have now been completed? Before he replies, I should remind him that every month 200 former miners who submitted claims under the scheme are dying.