HC Deb 04 March 1998 vol 307 c658W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings he has held with the Scottish Laryngectomy Group; what assessment he has made of medical evidence on a link between exposure to asbestos dust and cancer of the throat; if he will place a copy of the medical advice which he has received on this issue in the Library; and if he will make a statement. [31735]

Mr. Galbraith

Scottish Office Ministers have not met the Scottish Laryngectomy Group. I am aware of two reports dealing with asbestos and laryngeal cancer. These are "Asbestos—Effects on Health of Exposure to Asbestos" prepared on behalf of the Health and Safety Commission by Sir Richard Doll and Julian Peto and published in 1985 (HMSO, ISBN 0 11 883803 2) and "Cancer of the Larynx", a report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) to the Secretary of State for Social Security published in 1989 (HMSO CM779).