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Table 1
Solicitor NameDebt inc Interest as at 12/06/08

Ashington Denton with Bingley Dyson and Furey

£1,717.62

Barber Cartain Solicitors

£3,673.96

Barrie Y Jones and Co Solicitors

£1,705.98

BBH Solicitors

28,301.46

Black and Guild Solicitors

£710.15

Green Wood and McLean LLP

£3,901.63

McConville O'Neill Solicitors and Notaries

£285,940.23

Rhidian Davies and Co Solicitors

£696.31

£326,647.34

Table 2
Solicitor NameDebt inc Interest as at 12/06/08

Atteys

£157,969.37

Avalon Solicitors

£2,170,566.12

Bailey Bravo Jobling Solicitors

£80,540.81

Barkers Solicitors

£17,784.17

Branton Bridge Solicitors

£11,916.84

Carr and Co Solicitors

£1,131.45

Collings Solicitors

£4,787.42

Delta Legal

£1,598,375.94

J M Skinner and Co Solicitors

£36.867.65

Ingrams Solicitors

£284,873.84

Kidd and Spoor Harper Solicitors

£43,999.67

Lloyd Green Solicitors

£35,194.40

MLM Solicitors

£167,061.54

Peace Revitt Solicitors

£12,934.43

PM Law Solicitors

£23,229.62

Recompense Solicitors

£445,708.53

Robinson and Murphy Solicitors

£2,376.55

Shaw and Co Solicitors

£1,575.63

Stuart Bell and Associates

£44,044.56

Clive Ashman Solicitors

£351.72

Thompsons Solicitors

£712.25

£5,142,002.51

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The total amount paid to the 10 highest-earning firms representing claimants under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and vibration white finger under the coal health compensations schemes are shown in the table below as at 15 June 2008:



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Claimants’ RepresentativesCOPD Costs Paid (£ million) *VWF Costs Paid (£ million )Total Costs Paid (£ million)

Thompsons Solicitors

116.6

29.3

145.9

Beresfords Solicitors

123.5

7.8

131.4

Hugh James

95.2

12.0

107.3

Raleys Solicitors

74.8

13.5

88.2

Browell Smith and Co

52.4

13.8

66.2

Mark Gilbert Morse

55.9

0.05

55.9

Avalon Solicitors

38.9

0.18

39.0

Graysons Solicitors

24.5

12.1

36.7

Watson Burton LLP

25.9

8.2

34.1

Union of Democratic Mineworkers

23.0

10.6

33.6

Figures do not add up due to rounding.
* These figures reflect the costs paid minus the amounts recovered as a result of the reduction in costs paid to solicitors for claims settled under the OROS fast track scheme.

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: We expect to substantially complete the vibration white finger (VWF) scheme by autumn 2008. The anticipated final costs of the scheme, broken down as in the Question, are:

(a) compensation paid to claimants: £2.1 billion (estimated);(b) cost paid to claimants' solicitors: £181 million (estimated);(c) defendants’ legal cost: £47 million (estimated). This is a total figure and has not been broken down into schemes;(d) Capita and other contractors: £638 million (estimated). This is a total figure and has not been broken down into schemes. Medical costs (VWF only): £31 million (estimated); and (e) the department's internal cost: information not available at this level.

Care Services: Independent Living

Lord Rix asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The investigation by the Office for Disability

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Issues outlined in the independent living strategy will begin after the publication of the Green Paper on care and support in early 2009.

Government departments have been required to carry out disability equality impact assessments on new policies since December 2006. An equality impact assessment will be provided when DWP publishes its response to the recent public consultation about proposals to reform the specialist disability employment programmes. This is due for publication in the summer.

The Green Paper on care and support, to be published in early 2009, will include an assessment of the impact on equality. Final decisions on the reform of social care funding will take account of the interaction with benefits and employment support programmes, and the impact on disability equality.

Crime: Arson

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The chief constable has provided the following Answer.

The following table details the number of incidents of arson recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the south Belfast area in the past three years. The table also shows the number of offences cleared by means of a charge or summons; it is not possible to disaggregate this statistic to show charge only.

RecordedNumber cleared by means of charge/summons

2005-06

79

3

2006-07

75

4

2007-08

115

2


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