19/3/02 Asbestos (Scotland) Debate

Asbestos (Scotland) Debate

John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland): Let me say at the beginning of my speech how helpful my hon. Friend the Member for Clydebank and Milngavie (Tony Worthington) has been. I commend him for all the work that he has done on the issue.

A year after Chester Street Insurance Holdings collapsed we appear to be no closer to meeting the needs of those who were affected and that includes people who do not yet know that they have been affected. At business questions on 7 March I asked my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House whether he knew that companies that had agreed to pay compensation to asbestos-related disease sufferers, and to future sufferers, were now reneging on the deal. My right hon. Friend replied:

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