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ABI: Clarity for claimants and insurers

Commenting on today's House of Lords judgment that pleural plaques are not compensatable, Stephen Haddrill, the ABI's Director General, said:

"The insurance industry is fully committed to paying compensation to claimants who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

"This judgment on pleural plaques is not concerned with those diseases. The House of Lords has unanimously upheld the Court of Appeal ruling that pleural plaques are not compensatable because they have no effect on health or ability to work, produce no symptoms and do not cause other asbestos-related diseases."

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Notes for Editors

1. Enquiries to:
Alan Leaman 020 7216 7440 (Mobile: 07957 482 330)
Malcolm Tarling 020 7216 7410 (Mobile: 07776 147 667)
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Erfan Hussain 020 7216 7411 (Mobile: 07712 841 184)
Kelly Ostler 020 7216 7415 (Mobile: 07968 364 302)

2. Pleural plaques are small fibrous disks on the inside of the chest. They indicate exposure to asbestos, but are not a disease and are symptomless. They do not develop into other conditions, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma.

3. The ABI is the trade association for Britain's insurance industry. Its nearly 400 member companies provide over 94% of the insurance business in the UK. It represents insurance companies to the Government, and to the regulatory and other agencies, and is an influential voice on public policy and financial services issues. ABI member companies hold up to a sixth of all investments traded on the London Stock Exchange, on behalf of millions of pensioners and savers.

4. An ISDN line is available for broadcasts.

Copies of all ABI news releases, together with other information from the Association, can be seen on our website http://www.abi.org.uk

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