§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much benefit, and for how many cases, has been recovered by the Compensation Recovery Unit for asbestos-related illnesses and diseases in each of the past five years. 
§ Mr. Bayley
The administration of the Compensation Recovery Unit is a matter for Peter Mathison, the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Tony Worthington, dated 28 February 2000:The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how much benefit, and for how many cases, has been recovered by the Compensation Recovery Unit for asbestos-related illnesses and diseases in each of the past five years.The computer system is unable to identify asbestos related illnesses and diseases, however, we are able to provide details relating to asbestosis cases.The available information is in the table below.
Year Number of cases Total amount recovered (£) 1 April 1994–31 March 1995 138 1,030,457.77 1 April 1995–31 March 1996 173 1,507,320.58 1 April 1996–31 March 1997 240 1,860,957.46 1 April 1997–31 March 1998 255 2,029,302.49 1 April 1998–31 March 1999 353 3,433,959.90 1 April 1999–31 December 1999 235 2,338,166.37
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