§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he has any plans to extend the categories of claimants eligible for industrial disablement benefit on the grounds of occupational deafness.
§ Mr. Scott
We are awaiting a report from the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on measures to improve the administration and operation of disablement benefit provision for occupational deafness. This report will be considered and evaluated before any firm decision is made whether to extend further the list of prescribed occupations.