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Pneumoconiosis (Claim Records)

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why all documents involving pneumoconiosis claims are destroyed five years after the death of the person concerned.

A balance has to be struck between storage consideration and the possibility of papers being required, exceptionally, long after a person's death. A period of five years seems from experience to strike a reasonable balance.