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

My hon. Friend, as ever, makes a very good point, which helps the debate.

I take the point made by Linda Gilroy, which I think is the crux of the matter. She said that the hon. Member for Hendon was trying to widen the law so that not only the disease, injury and suffering but the fear of the consequences—and therefore the psychological effect of having developed pleural plaques—would be taken into consideration. I see the hon. Gentleman nodding; I am glad I have identified the crux of the matter correctly.

This is rightly a narrow Bill about a specific issue. The principle behind the way in which personal injury law has developed in this country would be changed considerably by it—

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