§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in what circumstances deaths from lung cancer are recognised as industrially related; and what regulations apply.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
Deaths from lung cancer are accepted as industrially related for industrial death benefit purposes for those nickel workers identified in paragraph 37(b) of schedule 1, part 1, to the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations 1980. Additionally, where a person suffering from asbestosis dies from lung cancer, the death is regarded as a consequence of asbestosis, and industrial death benefit is payable, by virtue of regulation 3 of those regulations.
The benefit would also be payable where, in a particular case, it was shown to the satisfaction of the adjudicating authorities that a cancer causing death had resulted from an industrial accident or was a sequel of a prescribed disease.