‘Asbestos in Workplaces’ Parlimentary Debate

MPs held a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19th April 2023, to discuss ‘Asbestos in Workplaces’.

NORAC were in attendance and were cautiously optimistic about the discussion and points raised.


An extremely interesting debate late yesterday in the Halls of Westminster on Asbestos in Workplaces. The debate was pushed for by Mesothelioma UK an excellent charity which is supported by NORAC.

So many impassioned speeches by cross parliament MPs and made even more poignant by the recent passing of Halifax MP Alice Mahon, as a result of Mesothelioma.

The debate centred around 2 of the outstanding points from the recent recommendations of the DWP parliamentary inquiry. Those points being the removal of Asbestos within a defined 40-year period and the need for a centralised Asbestos Register.

Many conversations were had about the devastating effects of Asbestos and that exposure isn't just related to occupational exposure. There are so many cases now being seen where the young have been affected including those who have never worked in heavy industry or sectors involving asbestos.

We still have a long way to go, but those who attended the debate or listened online, can probably see that we do now seem to be getting some movement. It did feel as though people were finally starting to listen.

Colette Willoughby, NORAC Chairperson


You can find out more and download the full report from the Commons Library.