§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims for chronic bronchitis and emphysema have been examined by special medical boards and by medical appeal tribunal since the scheme was introduced; and in how many and what percentage of cases medical appeal tribunals have upheld the appeal.
§ Mr. Scott
This information is not available in the format requested. As at 20 March 1994, about 20,000 claims have been considered under the medical criteria by a specially qualified adjudicating medical practitioner. Some 2,960 appeals have been referred to a further adjudicating medical authority and 385 subsequent appeals have been referred to medical appeal tribunals. Of the nine1018W cases where the MAT result is known, three, 33 per cent, have been upheld. The information is based on a 100 per cent. Count and is subject to amendment.