Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Bill

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 2:18 pm on 24th April 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 2:18 pm, 24th April 2009

In all seriousness, the issue is not, as far as I am concerned, in any way a party political matter. It is a serious subject, and concerned constituents have written to me about pleural plaques. Has the Minister received responses to the consultation? I know that the process takes a long time, and although I do not doubt the Government's good intent—well, I sometimes do, but not in this case—the House needs to know the Government's view, following the consultation. When will we get the response? With all due respect to Mr. Dismore, the Bill may raise the issue and perhaps goad the Government a little bit, but I think it has been introduced at the wrong time.

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