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Debate on asbestos-related illness in Plymouth

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Plymouth Devonport MP Alison Seabeck said more must be done to ensure asbestos victims receive the compensation they deserve during a Westminster Hall debate on 2 December 2009.

The MP said Plymouth was the third worst "hotspot" for asbestos-related deaths in the country.

Ms Seabeck said many people in the city suffering from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma struggle to trace their former employers, or find that their employer had no insurance in place - leaving them unable to claim compensation.

She called on the government to set up an employers' liability insurance bureau to compensate victims where there was no cover in place.

Justice Minister Claire Ward said the government was "actively considering" ways of speeding up compensation claims, and ways of tracking employers' insurance records.

She added that the government was working towards making the UK a global leader in the alleviation, prevention and cure of asbestos-related diseases.

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