Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Industrial Disablement Benefit on 27th November 1986.
Mr. Dobson Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of the 100 per cent. disablement benefit awards made by special medical boards in 1984 were first awards as opposed to re-assessments; and how many were for asbestos-related diseases.
Mr. Major [pursuant to his reply, 24 November, c. 137-38]: In 1984 special medical boards made 210 initial assessments at 100 per cent., of which 202 were for asbestos-related diseases. There were 199 re-assessments at 100 per cent., of which 47 were for asbestos-related diseases.