§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claims for industrial injuries benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema were made in Nottinghamshire up to 31 October; how many were successful and how many were refused; and if he will indicate the grounds for refusal or acceptance. 87W
§ Mr. Roger Evans
This is a matter for Peter Mathison, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Paddy Tipping, dated 30 November 1995:The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about how many claims for industrial injuries benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema were made in Nottinghamshire up to 31 October 1995; how many were successful and how many were refused; indicating the grounds for refusal or acceptance.The information is not available in the format requested. Statistics on the number of claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit are maintained by each Benefits Agency District office. The figures provided in the attached Appendix A are for the main benefit offices in the North, East and West Nottinghamshire areas for the period from 1 April 1995. These include those offices in Nottingham, Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield. It is possible that these figures will include some people living outside Nottinghamshire.The information in this reply follows on from your earlier Parliamentary Question, on 21 April 1995, in which you were provided with the details to 31 March 1995.I hope you find this reply helpful.
Appendix A: Claims to IIDB for prescribed disease D12—Chronic Bronchitis and/or emphysema in the Nottinghamshire area for the period 1 April to 31 October 1995 Number Claims made 127 Successful claims assessed at 14–19 per cent. 3 Successful claims assessed at 20–25 per cent. 6 Successful claims assessed at over 25 per cent. 37 Disallowed claims—20 year rule 10 Disallowed claims—failed FEV test 71 Disallowed claims—failed X-Ray test 59 Assessed at 1—13 per cent. 0
IIDB not payable for assessment under 14 per cent. Note that not all claims received within the period will have been decided by 31 October 1995. Similarly some claims decided in the period will have been made prior to 1 April 1995.
Figures are provisional and subject to amendment.