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Clause 4 - Payments

Part of Mesothelioma Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 12th December 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 11:30 am, 12th December 2013

I am grateful to the Minister for his comments. From what he says, I understand it is intended that, if there is a surviving spouse, the payment will go to the spouse, and thereafter it will go to eligible dependants, such as children. Perhaps I have misunderstood, or not properly read, the definition of “dependant” in the 1979 Act but, on the basis of the Minister’s assurance—although I would like to discuss this point with him outside the confines of Committee—I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.