§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received from the Industrial Injuries advisory council on the draft regulations on reduced earnings allowance. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The council was content with the substance of the draft regulations, but suggested an amendment to the wording of the prescription for carpal tunnel syndrome and a delay in implementation of the provisions limiting to 12 months the backdating of new awards of reduced earnings allowance. A copy of the council chairman's letter and my response have been placed in the Library. The regulations have now been laid before Parliament as the Social Security (Industrial Injuries and Diseases) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1996.