To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compensation payments to sick miners and their dependants for (a) vibration white finger and (b) respiratory diseases have been made by means of (i) fast track settlements and (ii) full settlements, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
The information is not yet available in the format requested. The Department is working closely with its claims handlers to produce a breakdown of headline statistics by parliamentary constituency for both respiratory diseases and vibration white finger. It is anticipated that the information will be available on the Department's coal health website www.dti.gov.uk/ coalhealth—in the next three to four weeks.
In the meantime breakdowns by postcode and region are currently available on the website.