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Compensation: Lung Diseases

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals in response to the outcome of Johnston v NEI International Combustion Limited, and related cases, to enable those with pleural plaques to receive compensation; and if he will make a statement. (162720)

I refer the hon. Member to my reply, 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 798W. The House of Lords considered the issues very thoroughly on the basis of all the evidence put before them and reached the unanimous decision that pleural plaques do not constitute actionable or compensatable damage. Having considered the judgment very carefully, the Government have decided that it would not be appropriate to legislate on the issue.