HC Deb 10 March 1998 vol 308 cc182-3W
Mr. Eric Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many applications have been made for medical examinations relating to Vibration White Finger; and how many applications for industrial injuries disablement benefit have been(a) approved and (b) refused following medical examinations. [31728]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is as follows:

The number of claims made to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) due to Vibration White Finger from 1 April 1995 to 31 December 1997 is 35,9001.

The number of Vibration White Finger assessments following medical examination where the disease has been diagnosed, but at less than the level of disability which would attract a payment of benefit (below 14 per cent. disabled), in the same period, is 7,7142. The number assessed at 14 per cent. or over is 1,24622. There will be a relatively small, but unknown number of assessments made at less than 14 per cent. disabled, that will have resulted in a payment of IIDB, when aggregated with another disease.

1Figure based on a 10 per cent. sample of all claims to IIDB in Great Britain.2Figures based on a 100 per cent. count of initial IIDB assessments in Great Britain.Source: Analytical Services Division.