To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the oral answer of 2 March 2005, Official Report, column 1150, on Coal Health Claims Monitoring Group, if he will break down the payments made to ex-miners by (a) respiratory disease and (b) vibration white finger compensation schemes.
Figures available at the time of my oral reply showed that a total of over £344 million had been paid out in Wales for respiratory claims and over £122 million for vibration white finger (VWF). This brought the total paid out in Wales since the start to over £467 million.
Since my reply, these figures have increased, with over £347 million paid out for respiratory disease and over £123 million for VWF.
This is an increase of £3 million, bringing us to a combined total of over £470 million paid out in Wales for both schemes so far.