British Coal Compensation

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the reason why the Solicitors Regulation Authority remains unable to state the number of cases in the British Coal litigation sold to solicitors by either claims farmers or trade unions.

Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Energy), Department of Trade and Industry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Energy)

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has collected data from firms of solicitors which it has investigated. However, it is reliant on being informed of these practices; therefore, it is unlikely that an accurate total could ever be calculated.

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