HC Deb 03 April 1996 vol 275 c356W
Mrs. Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will extend industrial disease No. Al2 to include frequent and repeated movements of the hand and wrist as a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, in addition to the use of hand-held vibrating tools. [23972]

Mr. Roger Evans

There are no plans at present to extend the current terms of prescription in respect of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mrs. Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were granted compensation under industrial injuries legislation in each of the last five years. [23971]

Mr. Evans

The information is not available in the format requested. Carpal tunnel syndrome in respect of hand-held vibrating tools was added only in April 1993 to the list of prescribed diseases for which industrial injuries disablement benefit can be paid. The available information is set out in the table:

Results of initial medical assessments where carpel tunnel syndrome is diagnosed from 19 April 1993 to 30 September 1995
Period All cases 0 per cent.1 1–13 per cent.2 14–100per cent.
19 April 1993 to 31 December 1993 254 205 40 9
1 January 1994 to 31 December 1994 434 116 263 55
1 January 1995 to 30 September 1995 241 44 158 39
Grand total 929 365 461 103
1Cases where there is no loss of faculty or it is assessed at less than 1 per cent.
2 Benefit is normally paid only for assessments of 14 per cent. or more. Entitlement to benefit could arise if an assessment in this range could be aggregated with one or more other assessments to reach 14 per cent.

1. Based on 100 per cent. count of cases.