§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the total number and value of payments made under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 to date; and what is the number and estimated value of claims currently under consideration.
§ Mr. Gummer
As at 4 May, 4,308 payments amounting to a total of £25,188,163 have been made since the Act came into force on 4 July 1979. Fifty-one applications are currently under consideration. It is not possible to estimate the value of these because it is not known how many will be approved, and certain payment information is not available.