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Payments for Bronchitis and Emphysema to Miners

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: In the last six months the department has made over 5,400 expedited and interim payments totalling £25.3 million to former miners, suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema and their families broken down as follows:

NovDecJanFebMarAprilMay to Date
6275161,2359561,012716349

During the last six months IRISC, the department's claims handling agents, has been informed of 1,298 claims where the claimant has died broken down as follows:


NovDecJanFebMarAprilMay to Date
2342883091701687356

In all these cases the claims will be continued by the claimant's widow or dependants. In addition, where the claimant's death certificate shows that one of the respiratory disease for which British Coal was found liable either caused or materially contributed to the death, the department will also make a bereavement award to the claimant's widow.


Act of Union Bicentenary: Post Office Decision on Stamp Issue

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11 May (WA 230-31), whether they

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    will require the Post Office to confirm that, in the process of telephone research and in-depth market research carried out among small focus groups, including children, on the topic of special stamp issues, the population so researched in Northern Ireland is in line with the Province's percentage of the total United Kingdom population.[HL2472]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: It is for the Post Office to decide whether to publish details of its market research.

Lead Shot Working Group

Lord Blaker asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Answer by Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 13 March (HL Deb, col. 1275), what are the terms of reference of the reconvened Lead Shot Working Group; and whether they will enable it to take into account any representations made about new alternatives to lead shot, as stated in the Answer.[HL2381]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The Lead Shot Legislation (England) Review Group's remit is specifically to review the Schedule 1 list of sites. Additionally, the group is considering other issues relating to the effectiveness of the legislation, including availability of alternative shot, compliance by shooters and police experiences. Representatives from shooting, farming, landowning and conservation organisations and gun and ammunition industry interests are included in the group.

The group is not examining the properties of specific alternative shot types, although it is looking at the issue of how newly developed alternative shot types might be considered in the future and any representations to the group will be taken into account.

Animal and Bird Carcasses: Disposal in Small Incinerators

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their estimate of the volume of animal and bird carcasses currently disposed of by incineration in small capacity incinerators at veterinary surgeries, firms, hunt kennels and other private facilities, for 1999.[HL2439]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): Information is not available on the volume of animal and bird carcasses disposed of in this way during 1999 since such information is recorded centrally.

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Wales: Task Forces

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the members of the task forces currently operating in Wales[HL2506]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In March I informed the noble Lord that this information was being collected and would be placed in the Library as soon as possible. I promised to write when this had been done. I can confirm that this information was placed in the Library today.

Wales: Special Advisers

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the special advisers operating in Wales.[HL2507]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The Wales Office has two special advisers, Professor Hywel Francis and

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Mr Adrian McMenamin. Assembly appointments are a matter for the Assembly.

Committee on Standards in Public Life: Conduct in the House of Lords

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 4 May (WA 189), whether "defamatory" evidence submitted to the Committee on Standards in Public Life's study of conduct in the House of Lords will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.[HL2358]

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): This is a matter for the Committee on Standards in Public Life and will depend on the nature of the evidence in question. If it were to be germane to the planning or commission of an offence or to its investigation or prosecution, the committee would no doubt refer the information to the appropriate authorities.



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