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13 December 2006

SNP Back Proposed Change to Mesothelioma Bill

Following the announcement today by the Scottish government that they will bring forward an amendment to the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill which will provide some retrospection in its implementation, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

"Following my suggestiing in the Justice 1 Committee last week that there was scope for backdating the provisions to an earlier date, I join members from all political parties in welcoming Executive plans to bring forward the implementation date for the bill to be 20th December 2006.

"Sufferers from this dreadful, and invariably fatal, disease will now have their wait for justice much shortened. This has been a Parliament committee working at its best, puting the interests of citizens before partisanship.

"The acceptance of this change by both the insurance industry and campaigners reflects a welcome consensus about the need for speed."

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