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 Walton of Detchant Lord Walton of Detchant Crossbench 11:06 am, 5th December 2013

My Lords, what makes mesothelioma such a fatal disease is the length of the incubation period, in that individuals who have been exposed to asbestos may not develop the disease until many years later; indeed, 2,000 new cases have been reported this year. The developments to which the Minister has referred are helpful and encouraging, but have the Government been able to persuade the relevant insurance companies to increase significantly their contribution to the research programme?