Industrial Diseases: Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Hywel Williams Hywel Williams Shadow PC Spokesperson (Education), Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to former workers with medium density fibreboard who go on to develop (a) mitochondrial dysfunction and (b) other industrial diseases.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Mitochondrial dysfunction is not one of the prescribed diseases covered by the Industrial Injuries Scheme.

I am advised by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on which diseases and related occupations should be included (‘prescribed’) in the list of diseases for which industrial injuries disablement benefit (IIDB) can be paid. The council examines any existing or new scientific evidence on conditions where a link with a particular occupation is suggested.

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council is not aware of any published scientific evidence with regard to occupational causation involving medium density fibreboard and industrial diseases.

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