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Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he plans to introduce new regulations making it easier to appeal against decisions of pneumoconiosis medical panels refusing to grant disability benefit for asbestosis; and if he will outline the provisions of the new regulations.

I expect that the draft regulations, giving effect to the proposals outlined in my reply to my hon. Friend on 8th June—[Vol. 951, col. 216]—will be referred to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and the Council on Tribunals later this month. I shall write to my hon. Friend when this has been done.