Clause 2 — Eligible people with diffuse mesothelioma

Part of Mesothelioma Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 7th January 2014.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury) 4:15 pm, 7th January 2014

I wanted to come on to that point, so I will jump to it now. The risk is, of course, fairly minimal in any case. First, it has already been covered and, secondly, I heard the Minister say that this cannot be passed on through additional premiums on employers’ liability insurance. No Minister can guarantee that when insurance premiums go up, some of the marginal increase is not to enable the additional costs to be recouped by the insurance industry. I do not know what kind of scrutiny of employers’ liability insurance premiums the

Minister intends to introduce to ensure that the costs are not passed on, but in any case, as Tracey Crouch has pointed out, the insurance companies will already have made provision for this legislation.