HC Deb 11 December 1978 vol 960 c66W
Mr. Roderick

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will bring United Kingdom schemes for compensation for chronic chest disease such as emphysema and bronchitis into line with the best schemes in the EEC.

Mr. Orme:

As I indicated to my hon. Friend on 26th July—[Vol. 954, c. 802–31—following the report of the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury, myrighthon. Friend has asked the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to consider, amongst other things, a system of compensation based on individual proof. Such a system is operated by some members of the EEC. The council has now invited written evidence from interested parties and organisations, and I am arranging for the secretary to the council to inform my hon. Friend of the arrangements for submitting evidence. Further consideration of the issues must of course wait upon the council's report.