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Bovine Brucellosis

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, following the success of freeing the United Kingdom from bovine brucellosis, he will take steps to improve the compensation being offered to farm workers and other who contract the disease and those who are still suffering severely from it.

Infection by brucella abortus, which causes bovine brucellosis, is prescribed as an industrial disease (number 46) in relation to farm workers and workers in a number of other occupations. Those in the prescribed occupations who contract the disease are therefore eligible for the normal range of industrial injuries benefits and I have no plans to make any alterations.