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Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The total number of claims fully registered before midnight on 31 March 2004 is 559,000.

Another 51,000 partially registered claims were received, which will be accepted into the scheme upon receipt of the information they are currently missing.

To date, 18 claims have been rejected as having been received after the deadline. jenny

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The department is satisfied that it acted correctly in advising claimants to seek legal advice in pursuing a common law claim for VWF.

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in connection with miners' compensation claims, the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade and Industry is taking action against (a) the Miners Welfare Agency, for allegedly posing as Miners Welfare; and (b) Zuko Legal, for allegedly posing as the Legal Rights Board.[HL2351]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: The department does not comment on the affairs of individual companies or any possible action being undertaken.

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Companies Investigation Branch will consider any information the noble Lord has suggesting that investigations into these two companies are necessary.

Gas Oil Bowsers

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 11 February (WA 166), how many instances there have been of gas oil bowsers catching fire on the roads in the past three years.[HL2386]

Lord Davies of Oldham: Incidents are required to be reported to either—depending on the nature and scale of the incident—the department or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There are no reported incidents of gas oil bowsers setting alight in the past three years.



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