Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Bill

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 1:42 pm on 24th April 2009.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Shadow Minister (Justice) 1:42 pm, 24th April 2009

I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that point, which I fully appreciate. That is why I am making the distinction quite clear. Of course the other two are actionable—I understand that that is exactly why the hon. Gentleman has brought the matter before the House today. However, I have been considering the medical evidence; I suggest it is important that we do that when considering new legislation such as this. Sometimes it is right that general principles of personal injury law should be upheld rather than specific instances isolated, as they would be by the Bill.

In saying all this, I am exploring the possibilities in the Bill rather than speaking vehemently against it. As I said, when we consider this issue we do so with great compassion for and sympathy with people who have worked with asbestos and who suffer from asbestos-related diseases.

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