Mesothelioma: Compensation

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the terms of reference of the review into support for victims of mesothelioma in respect of claims against former employers and their insurers; and whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure adequate protection of this group of claimants.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

As the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend Mr Blunt, made clear in an adjournment debate on this issue on 26 June 2012, Hansard, column 44WH, the review will not be held for some time. The Government do not consider that it would be right, at this early stage, to set out in more detail the nature of the review itself, until we have more clarity about the likely timetable and the issues for consideration, and indeed the experience of the reformed conditional fee agreement regime from April next year. That said, we will consider the factors raised in that debate when we come to set out the review's terms of reference.

The Department for Work and Pensions is leading on discussions with stakeholders about how to help people who are unable to trace their employers' insurer. It is hoped that an announcement on the way forward will be made before the House rises for summer recess.

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