§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what decisions were made at the meeting of the Policyholders Protection Board on 21 March which will have implications for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 3 April 2001]: I understand that the board has been working very closely with the run-off management of Chester Street Insurance Holdings Limited, and subsequently with the scheme administrators. I am informed that, at its meeting on 21 March, the board decided that payments should be made as soon as possible to Chester Street policyholders whose eligibility for protection under the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 is established.