HC Deb 10 April 1973 vol 854 cc245-6W
Dr. John A. Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if his Department has received representations about the need to schedule plutonium poisoning as an industrial disease; what replies were sent; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dean

Plutonium gives rise to ionising radiation. Where this leads to one of the conditions described in prescribed disease No. 25 in the First Schedule to the Prescribed Diseases Regulations 1959—Statutory Instrument 1959 No. 467—benefit may be payable under the Industrial Injuries Act. I am not aware of any recent representations about the disease.