Mesothelioma

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Social Security whether she proposes to schedule the disease known as mesothelioma as an industrial disease of asbestos workers, for the purpose of industrial injuries benefits.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

It has now been established that this disease satisfies the statutory conditions for prescription and I am making Regulations today to come into operation on 22nd August.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

While warmly welcoming that announcement, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether the peritoneal form of this disease will be covered in her Regulations? Also, is this decision in a sense retrospective, in that people suffering from the disease who were debarred from benefit previously will now be able to claim again?

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

I am glad to tell my hon. Friend that the Answer to both his Questions is, "Yes".