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Prescribed Diseases

Volume 530: debated on Monday 27 June 2011

My noble Friend, the Under-Secretary of State, responsible for welfare reform, Lord Freud of Eastry, has made the following statement.

The Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2011 have today been laid before Parliament. The regulations implement, from 18 July 2011, the recommendations set out in the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council’s reports:

“Bronchiolitis Obliterans and Food Flavouring Agents”, Cm 7439, published in July 2008; and

“Chromium and sino-nasal cancer”, Cm 7740, published in December 2009.

The recommendations made in the report(s) were to add the following two diseases to the schedule of diseases prescribed under the industrial injuries disablement benefit scheme:

Bronchiolitis obliterans, and

Chromium and sino-nasal cancer.

These regulations implement those recommendations.

This means that people suffering from bronchiolitis obliterans can claim industrial injuries disablement benefit if their work involved the production of diacetyl, or the manufacture of food flavourings containing diacetyl, or the manufacture of food flavoured by diacetyl.

Those suffering from chromium and sino-nasal cancer can claim industrial injuries disablement benefit if they had worked in hexavelent chrome plating or the manufacture of inorganic chromates.