HC Deb 16 November 1987 vol 122 cc440-1W
Mr. Lofthouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to report on its investigation into the cause of emphysema among coal miners; if he intends to publish it; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott

I understand that the council has completed its investigation into bronchitis and emphysema and that its report will be submitted to my right hon. Friend by the end of the year. A decision on publication will be made at that time. It is, however, normal practice to publish council reports.