TISC PN16 0405

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE     HOUSE OF COMMONS   
7 MILLBANK     LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779

PN 16 of Session 2004-05

PRESS NOTICE: NEW INQUIRY

Coal Health Compensation Schemes

The Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the operation of the coal health compensation schemes administered by the Department of Trade and Industry.

There are two schemes - one for ex-miners suffering from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (formerly known as Vibration White Finger), caused by using vibrating tools, and the other for those suffering from Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease, caused by working in the dusty conditions found in a mine. Both schemes are now closed to new claimants.

The Committee intends to review the scope of the two schemes and their administration, including claims registration and handling, the coordination of these processes with the medical assessment procedures, the claims settlement process and the scope for accelerating the settlement and payment of claims.    

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these or any other related issues by Monday 14 February 2005. Please note that the Committee will not be able to consider individual claims or disputes between claimants and the DTI or its agents.   

Details of any oral evidence will be announced shortly after that date. If possible, written evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above. For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/ 5779.

20 January 2005

ENDS