Update on the Mesothelioma Bill and Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill
Mesothelioma Bill - update
The Mesothelioma Bill has passed through Committee Stage in the Lords without amendment and will now proceed to Report Stage in the Lords.
An early day motion was tabled on 4 June welcoming the Bill but alleging that the cut off date, excluding those diagnosed before 25 July 2012, will exclude 50% of victims. The decision to limit the scheme is described as “unacceptable, untenable, unjustifiable and arbitrary” and the ELD calls for the limitation to be withdrawn. To date it has been signed by 26 MPs.
Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill - update
Post Magazine has reported the delay of the Welsh asbestos Bill, until mid-July due to 'technical reasons‟. The bill would have meant that insurers for those suffering asbestos-related diseases would have been liable to pay compensation towards their treatment by the NHS. However, there have been repeated questions about whether the bill is within the assembly's powers.
The Association of British Insurers has raised a number of "serious concerns" about the bill's lawfulness, stating that clause 15, which relates to financial services and insurance, is clearly outside the scope of the assembly's current powers. The ABI also warns that, in its view, the bill would give Welsh ministers "a general tax raising power" which is outside the current devolution settlement.
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