§ 18. Mr. Prosser
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to monitor progress on the payment of coal health claims. 
§ Mr. Wilson
I chair the Coal Health Ministerial Monitoring Group which monitors progress, on a national and regional basis. All parties involved in the process attend these meetings.
In addition, there are regional monitoring groups in Scotland, Wales and England, which all report to the national group. In England I have recently established five regional sub-groups which are North East, Midlands/ Lancashire, South/South East, Notts/Derby and Yorkshire.
A report on progress is issued monthly and placed in the Libraries of both Houses. Updates are also available on the Coal Health website.