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 Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:06 am, 5th December 2013

My Lords, I said earlier that the discussions between the British Lung Foundation and the insurance industry have not so far resulted in a pledge for further funding, but as my noble friend Lord Avebury has indicated, that door may be open. However, we should bear in mind that asking insurance companies to fund research is an unusual mechanism in itself. I suggest that we should not push the envelope too far because in the end the cost will fall on the industry.