HC Deb 22 March 2001 vol 365 cc566-7 5.42 pm

[The following petition was presented on behalf of the hon. Member for Islwyn (Mr. Touhig).]

The Petition of the residents of South Wales, Declares that the existing evidence of respiratory disease contracted by miners is sufficient to meet the requirement for immediate payment of personal injury compensation without further testing or administrative delay; and that more than 25,000 readers

of the South Wales Argus have called on the Government to make immediate substantial payments to all chronically ill ex-miners and to the widows of men who have died as a result of such illnesses. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to speed up payments to claimants and bring justice to ex-miners and miners' widows. And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.