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Asbestos

Volume 889: debated on Thursday 10 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects to receive the final report of the advisory panel on problems arising from the use of asbestos; and what interim reports have been published.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 27th March 1975; Vol. 889, col. 286], gave the following information:The advisory panel on problems arising from the use of asbestos reported in January 1968. No further report by the panel was planned.Arising out of the recommendations of the panel a prospective study of asbestos workers was set up and a register of cases of mesothelioma was compiled. Details of progress in the design and execution of the asbestos study were presented in a series of occasional papers issued by the Employment Medical Advisory Service in 1973 and in the annual reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Factories for 1970 and 1971. Progress reports on the mesothelioma study appeared in the annual reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Factories for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971, and further details were published in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine (1974) and in a conference report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (1973).