HC Deb 06 May 2004 vol 420 c1726W
15. Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will arrange for a compensation scheme for ex-National Coal Board workers employed as cokemen and surface workers who contracted chest diseases. [170692]

Nigel Griffiths

Two coal compensation schemes were established following court judgements on vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To date 4,143 payments have been made to miners in North-East Derbyshire. There have been no similar court judgements in the case of the other diseases, but claimants are entitled to seek compensation through the common law.