asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has received recommendations for the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to relax the right of appeal to medical arbitration tribunals for people who have had claims for disability benefit for asbestosis rejected by pneumoconiosis medical panels; when any new rules will come into operation; and if he will make a statement.
The proposals referred to in my reply to my hon. Friend on 2nd May have now been considered by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and I shall shortly be making a statement.—[Vol. 949, c. 86.]