Mesothelioma — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:06 am on 5th December 2013.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 11:06 am, 5th December 2013

My Lords, does the Minister share the disappointment expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Alton, which I certainly do, that following the scandalous mistreatment of mesothelioma sufferers by employer’s liability insurers over decades, there has been no commitment from those four employer’s liability insurers or from the rest of the industry to continue funding beyond next year? Whatever arrangements are made to secure the continuation of research in this vital field, can the Minister be more precise on how the Government will bring their influence to bear to ensure that the research is of suitable quality?