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Prescribed Diseases (Awards)

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many awards have been made under the Prescribed Diseases Regulation P.D.25; how many of these have been made for cataracts of the eye; and how many of the awards for cataracts of the eye have been due to electromagnetic radiation and how many due to ionising particles.

Information in the form requested by the hon. Member is not available. However, I can tell him that, in the eight-year period 1970 to 1978, there were 17 awards of injury or disablement benefit to persons suffering from prescribed disease No. 25.The hon. Member may know that the industrial injuries advisory council is currently reviewing the whole schedule of prescribed industrial diseases and I am advised that the secretary to the council would be pleased to receive any evidence which he may wish to offer. I would also be pleased to look into any particular case that the hon. Member may have in mind.