HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 c407W
Mr. Barron

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to solicitors under the Claims Handling Agreement involved in the compensation claims for(a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger of former coalminers. [176616]

Nigel Griffiths

As of 26 May 2004 the total cost paid to solicitors for respiratory disease claims is £271.1 million and for vibration white finger claims the total cost is £82.3 million.