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Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (No. 2) Bill 2009-10

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr Andrew Dismore

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Lords HL Bill 31 09-10 (as brought from the Commons) | PDF version, 74KB 09.02.2010

Latest news on the Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (No. 2) Bill 2009-10

First reading took place on 8 February. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.

The 2009-10 session of parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (No. 2) Bill 2009-10

The Bill would treat certain asbestos-related conditions as actionable personal injuries. Those suffering from asbestos-related pleural plaques or asbestosis would therefore be able to claim damages against the person causing them. The provisions would not affect the legislation determining liability for personal injury.

Key areas

  • someone suffering from pleural thickening or asbestosis would not have to prove that that asbestos-related condition was causing impairment of their physical condition to claim damages on the basis of personal injury
  • someone seeking a particular level of damages on the basis of physical impairment would have to prove that level of injury
  • the legislation would have retrospective effect, except in cases where claims had already been settled or legal proceedings already commenced

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