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Pleural Plaques

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department made of its potential liabilities arising from compensation claims from those with pleural plaques in advance of the House of Lords judgment on pleural plaques compensation of October 2007. (284309)

The Department's potential liabilities arising from compensation claims from those diagnosed with pleural plaques in advance of the House of Lords judgment in October 2007 was approximately £4.3 million per annum, excluding legal costs, up to 2015, at which time the number of reported cases are expected to peak and then tail off by 2030. Total liabilities have been estimated to be approximately £50 million excluding legal costs.