HC Deb 05 May 2004 vol 420 cc1490-1W
Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the(a) latest activities of the Welsh monitoring sub-group for the miners' compensation scheme in Wales and (b) latest figures for disbursements under the scheme. [169188]

Mr. Touhig

The Welsh Sub-Group of the Coal Health Claims Monitoring Group, which I chair, meets on a regular basis and will next meet on 24 May to discuss progress of miners compensation in Wales.

To date, £300 million for respiratory disease and over £106 million for vibration white linger have been paid out to ex-miners and their families in Wales—bringing the total under both schemes to well over £400 million.