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Union of Democratic Miners: Compensation Scheme

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2005.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence relating to the Department of Trade and Industry's contracts and agreements with the Union of Democratic Miners in relation to the compensation scheme for miners.

Photo of Lord Sainsbury of Turville Lord Sainsbury of Turville Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Science and Innovation)

A copy of the claims handling agreements with the claimants' solicitors (CHA) is available in the House of Commons Library. Separate CHAs exist for the UDM where the only significant difference is in relation to costs, which are lower in the UDM agreements.

The CHAs are extensive and detailed and there have been many meetings and substantial volumes of correspondence on the operation of the agreements over the past five-plus years since they were agreed.

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