16 December 2008
Pleural plaques compensation 'should have been mentioned in Queen's speech'
The issue of pleural plaques compensation should have been addressed during the recent Queen's speech, it has been suggested.
According to a South Tyneside peer, the omission of the issue was disappointing.
Recently, the Labour administration completed a review into a controversial decision made by the Law Lords which ended the right of people with pleural plaques - a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos - to seek payouts.
However, no announcement concerning the review has yet been made.
Commenting on the issue, Lord Dixon said compensation for pleural plaques should be restored, the Shields Gazette reports.
He added: "We know the prime minister is sympathetic because he has said so at question time in the House of Commons.
"He has also made two public statements saying that he wants to resolve the matter of compensation for people who suffer from this disease."
Alison Kerr, personal injury partner at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "It is very disappointing that, after conducting a lengthy consultation, the government has not followed the example of the Scottish government in introducing a bill that will reverse the House of Lords judgement on pleural plaques.
"Hopefully the government will take steps to put this right."