Thursday, February 12, 2009

Asbestos: pleural plaques statement 'soon'

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the House of Commons that a Government statement on compensation for those suffering from the asbestos-related condition of pleural plaques will be made "very soon."

The PM was responding to a question from the Ucatt-sponsored MP Michael Clapham. He said: "It is very important that we get a resolution following the court judgment on pleural plaques.The Secretary of State for Justice has been looking at this matter and talking to his colleagues right across Government about the implications of what can be done." He added: "A statement will be made very soon."

Ucatt has been campaigning to overturn a Law Lords decision which found that those suffering from pleural plaques were no longer entitled to compensation. Union general secretary Alan Ritchie said: "Thousands of pleural plaques sufferers are being denied compensation they should be entitled to. The delay in the Government's response to consultation is crfeating further anxiety."

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