British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total amount of costs paid to Nabarro Nathanson, the solicitors representing the Department of Trade and Industry, in respect of (a) the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; (b) the British Coal vibration white finger litigation; (c) the coal miners knee injury litigation; and (d) the British Coal industrial deafness litigation.

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)

To date, the department has paid Nabarro Nathanson £23 million in relation to advice on the various litigation in (a) to (d) above. However, we do not record the information on the basis of each separate litigation so cannot break the information down as requested.

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