29 December 2008
MPs call for response over pleural plaques compensation
A number of UK politicians have called on the government to respond to a consultation which was conducted into the issue of compensation over pleural plaques.
The consultation was launched following a controversial decision made last year by the Law Lords which prevented sufferers of the industrial disease from claiming payouts.
Pleural plaques are a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lung caused by previous exposure to the insulating material asbestos.
According to north-east publication the Journal, more than 100 MPs have signed a Commons motion expressing concern over the Labour administration's failure to issue a response to the consultation.
The motion states: "Now is the time to reverse the Law Lords decision of October 2007 that has deprived pleural plaques sufferers of much needed compensation and prior to the Law Lords decision worked in establishing liability at a stage prior to the onset of a fatal asbestos-related disease."