§ 19. Mr. Win Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the progress being made in settling miners' claims for respiratory disease compensation. 
§ Mr. Hain
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Mr. Cummings),Official Report, column 446W. In Wales alone, we paid out £1 million in mining compensation last week. In Bridgend alone, we have already paid out over £5.5 million.
Earlier this week, I attended a meeting of the Welsh sub-group of the national monitoring group. The sub-group is looking at ways of speeding up the process and the payment of compensation specifically in Wales.
§ 25. Mr. Ronnie Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have benefited from the compensation scheme for former mineworkers. 272W
§ Mr. Hain
To date, some 43,100 claimants have received full and interim settlements in relation to claims for vibration-related diseases. In addition, a further 30,700 claimants have received full and interim settlements in relation to claims for respiratory disease.
In total to date, the Department has paid out £332.5 million in coalmining compensation, and continues to pay out around £1 million a day.