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Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will ask the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to consider widening the terms of the prescribed disease tenosynovitis to include carpal tunnel syndrome and other diseases from the class of diseases known as repetitive strain injury.

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council considered repetition strain injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, in its report, published in 1981, "Industrial Diseases: a Review of the Schedule and the Question of Individual Proof", (Cmnd. 8393, paragraphs 51 to 55). In 1983 the council studied two of these conditions, epicondylitis of the humerus and rotator cuff syndrome, in more detail. This report was not published but copies are available in the Library. Both reports took the view that there was insufficient evidence to warrant widening the terms of prescription.