§ Mr. Goggins
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the recommendations made by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in relation to diseases caused by radiation will be implemented; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Bayley
Amendment Regulations to the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations 1985 were laid yesterday implementing the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council's recommendations with effect from 10 July 2000. All the Council's recommendations set out in their report "Diseases induced by Ionising and Non-Ionising Radiation" (Cm 4280) are included in the amending regulations.
The regulations also clarify that the time limits that operate between leaving a prescribed occupation and making a claim for asthma (prescribed disease D7) and deafness (prescribed disease A10) refer to employed earners employment. The regulations also specify the exact lung function formulae that should be used in connection with claims for chronic bronchitis and emphysema rather than making a reference to a textbook.