HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 c139W
Mr. Clapham

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claimants in each coalfield area to date have applied for an award for chronic bronchitis and emphysema under the provisions which came into force on 9 April. [1702]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.

We are encouraging the take-up of benefits and have recently launched a major advertising campaign to highlight the changes in Industrial Injuries Benefit which will particularly help ex-coal miners with chronic bronchitis and emphysema who could be between £30 and £80 a week better off.

New claims to industrial injuries disablement benefit for chronic bronchitis and emphysema in the period 9 April to 30 April 1997 by BA area directorates
Benefits agency area directorate Number of claims received
East of Scotland 205
West of Scotland 130
Tyne Tees 474
Yorkshire 1,405
Greater Manchester 96
North West Coast 42
Wales 1,189
West Midlands 88
Mercia 1,036
West Country 5
London South 30
Chilterns 0
East London and Anglia
Total—Great Britain 4,701


The figures in the table are taken from a 100 per cent. count of claims received by Benefits Agency Area Directorate.


Benefits Agency BREM data.