§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he plans to include hepatitis B as a designated industrial disease.
§ Mr. Major
Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B, has been prescribed as an industrial disease (prescribed disease B8) under the provisions of Section 76 of the Social Security Act 1975 since 2 February 1976. From 3 December 1984 the terms of prescription were widened to cover all employed earners in occupations involving contact with human blood or human blood products, or with a source of viral hepatitis.