HC Deb 19 February 1992 vol 204 cc220-1W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he has any plans to change the rule whereby claimants for industrial deafness benefit have to prove that over a 10-year-period they were employed in occupations involving continuous noise.

Mr. Scott

Advice to the Department on occupational deafness is provided by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. The council has not recommended a change in the rule regarding 10 years' work in a prescribed occupation and we have no plans for such a change.