§ 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. 
§ 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.