India: Asbestos

Department for International Development written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the asbestos industry in India on incidences of mesothelioma in people (a) living near and (b) working in the industry.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development has not undertaken any assessment and does not currently have programmes focused specifically on the safe disposal of asbestos waste in India. The UK ended financial aid to India in 2015. DFID’s support now focuses on investment, sharing expertise and helping India make the most of its own resources to drive growth and create jobs. As part of this, the new UK-India development partnership is supporting urban development in India and DFID is providing support to build more sustainable, cleaner and safer cities.

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