Limitation of actions

3.—(1) This section applies to an action for damages for personal injuries—

(a)in which the damages claimed consist of or include damages in respect of—

(i)asbestos-related pleural plaques; or

(ii)a condition to which section 2 applies; and

(b)which, in the case of an action commenced before the date this section comes into operation, has not been determined by that date.

(2) For the purposes of Articles 7 and 9 of the Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (NI 11) (special time limits for actions in respect of personal injuries and actions under the Fatal Accidents (Northern Ireland) Order 1977), the period beginning with 17 October 2007 and ending with the day on which this section comes into operation is to be left out of account.