§ Mr. Bendall
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received the report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on occupational asthma; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rossi
Yes. The council's report, published today—Cmnd. 812—recommends prescription of occupational asthma as an industrial disease under the Social Security Act 1975 for workers exposed to certain sensitising agents. My right hon. Friend has accepted the council's recommendations and it is proposed that regulations should be introduced to implement them by the end of this year.