44. Mr. Archer
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to receive the report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on the inclusion of industrial deafness as a prescribed disease.
I appreciate that this must take time, but is my hon. Friend aware that a great deal of hardship is entailed in the present position, and that the longer the decision takes the greater the hardship will be?
§ Mr. Ennals
This is a very important question—and that is one reason why it has to be gone into in great detail and with great care by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. I shall certainly convey to that Council the concern that my hon. Friend has expressed.