§ Mr. Etherington
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have(a) claimed and (b) been awarded disablement benefit for vibration white finger PD A11, in consequence of exposure to vibration in the coal-mining industry. 230W
§ Mr. Hague
Information is not readily available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The available information is in the table.
Initial assessment of disability by a medical board for Vibration White Finger (PD A11) in the deep coal mining industry Total initial assessments Assessments of 14 per cent. or more 1992–93 683 5 1993–94 492 6
B127–100 per cent. count of cases where PD A11 has been diagnosed.