§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 13 July 2000,Official Report, column 617W, on miners' compensation, for what reasons Mr. Felix Graham, of Blackburn, West Lothian, (Healthcall Ref. 148674) has not received compensation for work-related illness. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
Mr. Graham attended a spirometry testing appointment in October. Unfortunately he was unable to complete the lung tests and he had used his bronchodialtor less than four hours prior to his appointment. Under the Handling Agreement, signed by the claimants' solicitors, the Department was not, therefore, able to make Mr. Graham an expedited offer.
Mr. Graham subsequently elected to proceed through the full Medical Assessment Process and his completed claims questionnaires and mandates, allowing access to medical records, have been forwarded to Healthcall, the 1095W company contracted to carry out the medical assessments. Once Mr. Graham's medical records have been collected he will be invited to make an appointment.
In the meantime, Mr. Graham has received an interim payment.