§ Mr. Ronnie Campbell
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 Northumberland in the 10 years up to 1997; and how many were successful. 
§ Mr. Denham
The administration of Industrial Injuries Benefit is a matter for Peter Mathison, the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to my hon. Friend.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Ronnie Campbell, dated 23 January 1988.The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to recent Parliamentary Question asking how many claims for Industrial Injuries benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema were made in Northumberland in the 10 years up to 1997; and how many were successful.The information is not available in the format requested. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema became prescribed disease D12 with effect from 13 September 1993. Figures are available for Benefits Agency (BA) offices and not for specific geographical areas. The figures provided are for the BA offices at Ashington, Berwick, Blyth and Hexham.The number of claims for Industrial Injuries Benefit in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema from 13 September 1993 to the end of December 1997 was 1,576, of these 109 were successful.I hope you find this reply helpful.