Second reading of pleural plaques Bill at Westminster
The Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Bill which has been promoted by Andrew Dismore MP’s will receive a second reading in the House of Commons today. There is speculation that a Government announcement regarding pleural plaques compensation will be made today also, since Gordon Brown has personally indicated this will happen after the Easter recess.
If the Bill becomes law, it will overturn the House of Lords judgment in the Johnston case, and enable people suffering from pleural plaques to claim compensation. The Bill is third in line for discussion.
A similar Bill has already been approved by the Scottish Parliament and will almost certainly receive Royal Assent in the next few weeks thereby changing the law north of the border.
However the ABI has announced this week that 4 of its members have sought advice from top barristers and are launching a Judicial Review of the Scottish Bill. Victim support groups and Trades Unions alike are angered by this latest step which is seen as a further delaying tactic by the Insurance Industry calculated to prevent victims of asbestos from receiving the compensation they deserve.