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U.K.

Mesothelioma Act 2014

2014 CHAPTER 1

An Act to establish a Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme and make related provision; and to make provision about the resolution of certain insurance disputes.

[30th January 2014]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment SchemeU.K.

1Power to establish the schemeU.K.

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations establish a scheme called the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme for making payments to—

(a)eligible people with diffuse mesothelioma, and

(b)eligible dependants of those who have died with diffuse mesothelioma.

(2)Later sections of this Act set out things that must be included in the scheme and some of the things that may be included.

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

EligibilityU.K.

2Eligible people with diffuse mesotheliomaU.K.

(1)A person diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma is eligible for a payment under the scheme if—

(a)a relevant employer has negligently or in breach of statutory duty caused or permitted the person to be exposed to asbestos,

(b)the person was first diagnosed with the disease on or after 25 July 2012,

(c)the person has not brought an action for damages in respect of the disease against the relevant employer or any insurer with whom the employer maintained employers' liability insurance at the time of the person's exposure to asbestos,

(d)the person is unable to bring an action for damages in respect of the disease against any employer of the person or any insurer with whom such an employer maintained employers' liability insurance (because they cannot be found or no longer exist or for any other reason), and

(e)the person has not received damages or a specified payment in respect of the disease and is not eligible to receive a specified payment.

(2)In this section—

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

3Eligible dependantsU.K.

(1)A dependant of a person who has died with diffuse mesothelioma is eligible for a payment under the scheme if —

(a)the person with the disease was eligible for a payment under the scheme (see section 2) but did not make an application in accordance with the scheme,

(b)no one has brought an action for damages in respect of the disease under the fatal accidents legislation, or on behalf of the estate of the person with the disease, against the relevant employer or any insurer with whom the employer maintained employers' liability insurance at the time of that person's exposure to asbestos,

(c)no one is able to bring an action for damages in respect of the disease under the fatal accidents legislation, or on behalf of the estate of the person with the disease, against any employer of that person or any insurer with whom such an employer maintained employers' liability insurance (because they cannot be found or no longer exist or for any other reason), and

(d)no one has received damages or a specified payment in respect of the disease or is eligible to receive a specified payment.

(2)Where a person who has died with diffuse mesothelioma is first diagnosed with the disease following his or her death and would have been eligible for a payment under the scheme if the diagnosis had been made immediately before the death, assume for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) that the person was eligible for a payment under the scheme.

(3)A person ceases to be an eligible dependant if the person gives notice in accordance with the scheme that he or she does not want a payment (and this may increase a payment for other dependants - see section 4(2)(b)).

(4)Where a person with diffuse mesothelioma died on or after 25 July 2012 but before this Act came into force, assume for the purposes of subsections (1)(a) and (2) that this Act has been in force since immediately before the death.

(5)In this section—

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

Payments and procedureU.K.

4PaymentsU.K.

(1)The amount of a payment under the scheme is to be determined in accordance with the scheme.

(2)The scheme—

(a)may provide for the amount of the payment to depend on the age of the person with diffuse mesothelioma, and

(b)must ensure that where there are two or more eligible dependants, the amount for each of them is the amount for a single eligible dependant divided by the number of eligible dependants in the case in question.

(3)The scheme may—

(a)make provision for payments to be made subject to conditions (including conditions as to how a payment may be used), and

(b)in particular, give the scheme administrator power to decide when to impose conditions or what conditions to impose.

(4)The scheme may make provision for payments to be repaid (in whole or in part) in specified circumstances.

(5)An amount that falls to be repaid under subsection (4) is recoverable by the scheme administrator as a debt.

(6)The scheme must provide that where an eligible person has made an application in accordance with the scheme and has died before the payment is made, the payment must be made to his or her personal representatives.

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

5Applications and procedureU.K.

(1)The scheme may deal with the procedure for the making and deciding of applications and, in particular, may—

(a)impose time limits for making an application or taking other steps;

(b)enable the scheme administrator to require a person to produce documents;

(c)make other provision about evidence.

(2)The scheme may enable a court to order a person to comply with a requirement to produce documents.

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I5S. 5 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

6Reviews and appealsU.K.

(1)The scheme—

(a)must give an applicant the right to request a review of a decision taken under the scheme, and

(b)may require or allow reviews in other circumstances.

(2)The scheme may contain provision about initiating and deciding reviews (including provision imposing time limits).

(3)The scheme must confer a right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against a decision taken on a review.

(4)In a case where a person makes an application and then dies, the reference in subsection (1)(a) to an applicant is to be read as a reference to his or her personal representatives.

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I6S. 6 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(a)

Scheme administrationU.K.

7Scheme administrationU.K.

(1)The Secretary of State may—

(a)administer the scheme, or

(b)make arrangements for a body to administer the scheme.

(2)Arrangements under subsection (1)(b)—

(a)may include provision for payments by the Secretary of State;

(b)may allow the body to arrange for someone else to administer the scheme or any part of the scheme on behalf of the body;

(c)may include provision about bringing the arrangements to an end.

(3)Arrangements under subsection (1)(b) may be made with—

(a)a company formed by the Secretary of State under the Companies Act 2006 for that purpose,

(b)a body corporate established by the Secretary of State by regulations under this paragraph for that purpose, or

(c)any other body.

(4)A body administering the scheme in accordance with arrangements under subsection (1)(b) is not to be regarded as exercising functions of the Secretary of State or as acting on behalf of the Secretary of State.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations make transitional provision for when there is a change in the scheme administrator (including provision modifying the application of any enactment).

(6)For the purposes of this Act, a reference to administering the scheme includes carrying out any functions conferred by or under any enactment on the scheme administrator.

Commencement Information

I7S. 7 in force at 4.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 2

8Unauthorised disclosure of information: offenceU.K.

(1)A person involved in the administration of the scheme must not, without lawful authority, disclose information which—

(a)was acquired in connection with the administration of the scheme, and

(b)relates to a particular person who is identified in the information or whose identity could be deduced from it.

(2)A disclosure is made with “lawful authority” only if—

(a)it is made for the purposes of the administration of the scheme,

(b)it is made for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime,

(c)it is made in accordance with any enactment or an order of a court or tribunal,

(d)it is made for the purposes of proceedings before a court or tribunal, or

(e)it is made with consent given by or on behalf of the person to whom the information relates or the person's personal representatives.

(3)A person who breaches subsection (1) commits an offence (for penalties, see section 9).

(4)It is a defence for a person charged with the offence under subsection (3) to prove that he or she reasonably believed—

(a)that the disclosure was made with lawful authority, or

(b)that someone had, with lawful authority, previously disclosed the information to the public.

(5)In this section “person involved in the administration of the scheme” means a person who is or has been—

(a)the scheme administrator,

(b)a person providing services to the scheme administrator, or

(c)an officer or employee of a person within paragraph (a) or (b).

Commencement Information

I8S. 8 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(b)

9Unauthorised disclosure of information: penalties etcU.K.

(1)A person guilty of an offence under section 8 is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine or both.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under section 8 is liable—

(a)on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine;

(b)on summary conviction in Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

(c)on summary conviction in Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both.

(3)The court by or before which a person is convicted of an offence under section 8 may order the destruction of a document containing the information disclosed in breach of that section or, if the information disclosed is held in some other form, may order its erasure.

(4)Where an offence under section 8 committed by a body corporate—

(a)is committed with the consent or connivance of an officer, or

(b)is attributable to neglect on the part of an officer,

the officer as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence.

(5)Where an offence under section 8 committed by a Scottish partnership—

(a)is committed with the consent or connivance of a partner, or

(b)is attributable to neglect on the part of a partner,

the partner as well as the Scottish partnership is guilty of the offence.

(6)In this section—

(7)In relation to an offence committed in England and Wales before section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into force, the reference in subsection (2)(a) above to “12 months” is to be read as a reference to “6 months”.

(8)In relation to an offence committed in England and Wales before section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force, the reference in subsection (2)(a) above to a fine is to be read as a reference to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

Commencement Information

I9S. 9 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(b)

Recovery of payments etcU.K.

10Power of scheme administrator to help people bring proceedingsU.K.

(1)Where a payment is made under the scheme, the scheme administrator may help a person to bring relevant proceedings (for example by conducting proceedings or by giving advice or financial help).

(2)Relevant proceedings” means—

(a)proceedings by the person with diffuse mesothelioma against—

(i)an employer for the negligence or breach of statutory duty mentioned in section 2(1)(a), or

(ii)an insurer with whom the employer maintained insurance covering that liability,

(b)proceedings by any other person against the employer or insurer for damages under the fatal accidents legislation in respect of the death of the person with diffuse mesothelioma, or

(c)any appeal arising out of proceedings within paragraph (a) or (b).

(3)In subsection (2) a reference to a person includes a reference to his or her personal representatives.

(4)The scheme may include provision about the scheme administrator's functions under this section, including provision as to the circumstances in which the scheme administrator may help a person to bring proceedings.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations amend subsection (2) to include other proceedings (which may be proceedings against someone other than an employer or insurer).

Commencement Information

I10S. 10 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(b)

11Recovery of benefits etc from payments and recovery of paymentsU.K.

Schedule 1 contains amendments to other legislation. Broadly—

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I11S. 11 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Relationship with other legislationU.K.

12Exclusion of payments under other legislationU.K.

Schedule 2 contains amendments to other legislation to ensure that where an application is made under the scheme a person does not receive certain other payments.

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I12S. 12 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

Levy on insurersU.K.

13The levyU.K.

(1)The Secretary of State must make regulations requiring active insurers to pay a levy with a view to meeting the costs of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme during any given period.

(2)In deciding the total amount of the levy for a period the Secretary of State—

(a)may take account of estimated as well as actual costs;

(b)may deduct the amount of any sums recovered or expected to be recovered under the recovery of benefits legislation during the period in respect of scheme payments made during the period or before it.

(3)In deciding the total amount of the first levy the Secretary of State may reduce it to reflect any amount of costs to be met by the Secretary of State.

(4)In deciding the total amount of the levy for each of the first 4 periods, the Secretary of State must have regard to the desirability of the total amount of the levy for each of those periods being the same (or if those periods are not equal, the same pro rata) even if that means the amount for a period does not match the costs for that particular period.

(5)The regulations may require different active insurers to pay different amounts based on criteria relating to their relative market share in the reference period (and may provide for their relative market share to be determined in whatever way the Secretary of State thinks appropriate).

(6)The regulations may make provision about—

(a)information to be published or given to active insurers by the Secretary of State;

(b)payment of the levy, including the timing of payments;

(c)recovery of the levy.

(7)In this section—

Commencement Information

I13S. 13 in force at 1.9.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 4

14Collecting information for purposes of levyU.K.

(1)The Secretary of State may require an active insurer to provide information for the purposes of working out how much to require different insurers to pay towards the levy under section 13.

(2)If the active insurer fails without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirement the relevant court may, on an application made by the Secretary of State, order the active insurer to comply with the requirement.

(3)The relevant court may also order the active insurer to give the Secretary of State other information that the insurer could be required to provide under subsection (1).

(4)In this section “the relevant court” means—

(a)the High Court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or

(b)the Court of Session in Scotland.

Commencement Information

I14S. 14 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(e)

Prospective

Insurance disputesU.K.

15Technical Committee to decide certain insurance disputesU.K.

(1)The Secretary of State may make arrangements with a body to establish a committee called the Technical Committee which, if established in accordance with the arrangements, has the functions given by this section.

(2)If a question arises between a potential insurance claimant and an insurer about whether an employer maintained employers' liability insurance with the insurer at a particular time, the Technical Committee has jurisdiction to decide that question.

(3)The Technical Committee's decision is binding on the insurer and any potential insurance claimant who was given an opportunity to make representations, unless the matter is referred to arbitration under section 16.

(4)The Technical Committee does not have jurisdiction to decide a question that has already been decided by a court.

(5)A certificate by the Secretary of State that a specified committee has been established in accordance with arrangements under subsection (1) is conclusive evidence of that fact in relation to the period for which the certificate is in force.

(6)Arrangements under subsection (1) may, in particular, include requirements about—

(a)the composition of the Technical Committee or the appointment of its members;

(b)the Technical Committee's procedure or how its procedure is to be determined (including requirements for its procedures to be approved by the Secretary of State);

(c)review by the Technical Committee of its own decisions.

(7)The Technical Committee's procedure may, in particular, include provision imposing time limits for making an application for a decision or the taking of other steps.

(8)In this section “potential insurance claimant” means—

(a)a person with diffuse mesothelioma who alleges that the employer is liable for damages in respect of the disease,

(b)a person who alleges that the employer is liable for damages under the fatal accidents legislation in respect of the death of a person with diffuse mesothelioma, or

(c)an employer alleged by a person within paragraph (a) or (b) to be liable for damages in respect of the disease or death.

(9)In subsection (8) a reference to a person includes a reference to his or her personal representatives.

16Challenging decisions of the Technical CommitteeU.K.

(1)If the Technical Committee has decided a question under section 15(2), any person on whom the decision is binding may, if dissatisfied with the decision, refer the question to arbitration.

(2)But a person may not refer a question to arbitration until any review process has been exhausted.

(3)For statutory arbitrations, see—

(a)sections 94 to 98 of the Arbitration Act 1996;

(b)sections 16 and 17 of the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010.

(4)Until the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 is in force in relation to arbitrations under this section, that Act applies as if it were in force in relation to arbitrations under this section.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations adapt or exclude any provision of the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 in relation to arbitrations under this section (and this power may be used in relation to the 2010 Act during the period when it applies because of subsection (4) of this section or otherwise).

GeneralU.K.

17Regulations under this ActU.K.

(1)Regulations under this Act are to be made by statutory instrument.

(2)A statutory instrument containing—

(a)the first regulations under section 1 (the scheme), or

(b)regulations under section 7(3)(b) or 10,

may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(3)Any other statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament, unless it contains regulations under section 7(5) only.

(4)Regulations under this Act may include incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision.

Commencement Information

I15S. 17 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(f)

18Defined terms used in more than one section of this ActU.K.

(1)In this Act—

(2)In determining for the purposes of this Act whether an employer would have been required to maintain insurance if the compulsory insurance legislation had been in force at any given time, assume that any exemption that has at any time applied under the following provisions applied at the time in question—

(a)section 3(1)(a) to (c) of the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, and

(b)Article 7(a) to (c) of the Employer's Liability (Defective Equipment and Compulsory Insurance) (Northern Ireland) Order 1972.

(3)The scheme may specify circumstances in which a person is, or is not, to be treated as able to bring an action for the purposes of section 2(1)(d) or 3(1)(c).

Commencement Information

I16S. 18 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(f)

19CommencementU.K.

(1)This Act comes into force on such day or days as the Secretary of State may by order appoint, subject as follows.

(2)This section and sections 20 and 21 come into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of any provision of this Act.

(4)An order under subsection (1) may appoint different days for different purposes.

(5)An order under this section is to be made by statutory instrument.

20ExtentU.K.

(1)This Act extends to—

(a)England and Wales,

(b)Scotland, and

(c)Northern Ireland.

(2)Any amendment or repeal made by this Act has the same extent as the enactment to which it relates.

21Short titleU.K.

This Act may be cited as the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

SCHEDULES

Section 11

SCHEDULE 1U.K.Recovery of benefits etc from payments and recovery of payments

Part 1 U.K.Recovery of benefits etc from scheme payments

Recovery of benefits etc from scheme payments: England and Wales and ScotlandU.K.

1U.K.The Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 is amended as follows.

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I17Sch. 1 para. 1 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

2U.K.In section 1(2)—

(a)omit the word “or” at the end of paragraph (a);

(b)at the end of paragraph (b) insert , or

(c)under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (established under the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

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I18Sch. 1 para. 2 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

3U.K.After section 8 insert—

8AReduction of payment under Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

(1)This section applies instead of section 8 in a case where the compensation payment is a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

(2)The gross amount of the compensation payment—

(a)is to be reduced by the amount of the recoverable benefit, and

(b)accordingly, is to be reduced to nil in any case where the amount of the recoverable benefit is equal to or greater than the gross amount of the compensation payment.

(3)Any claim of a person to receive the compensation payment is to be treated for all purposes as discharged if—

(a)the person is paid the gross amount of the compensation payment less the amount of the recoverable benefit, or

(b)the amount of the recoverable benefit is equal to or greater than the gross amount of the compensation payment and the person is given a statement by the scheme administrator saying that the compensation payment has been reduced to nil.

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I19Sch. 1 para. 3 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

4U.K.In section 10 after subsection (3) insert—

(4)The scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not apply for a review under this section.

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I20Sch. 1 para. 4 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

5U.K.In section 11(2) after paragraph (b) insert—

but the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not appeal under this section.

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I21Sch. 1 para. 5 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

6U.K.In section 13(2) after paragraph (c) insert—

but the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not appeal under this section.

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I22Sch. 1 para. 6 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

7U.K.In section 29 at the end insert—

scheme administrator”, in relation to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, has the meaning given by section 18 of the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

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I23Sch. 1 para. 7 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

8U.K.In the following provisions after “section 8” insert “ or 8A ”

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I24Sch. 1 para. 8 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Recovery of benefits etc from scheme payments: Northern IrelandU.K.

9U.K.The Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1183 (N.I. 12)) is amended as follows.

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I25Sch. 1 para. 9 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

10U.K.In Article 2(2) at the appropriate place insert—

scheme administrator”, in relation to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, has the meaning given by section 18 of the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

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I26Sch. 1 para. 10 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

11U.K.In Article 3(2)—

(a)omit the word “or” at the end of sub-paragraph (a);

(b)at the end of sub-paragraph (b) insert , or

(c)under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (established under the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

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I27Sch. 1 para. 11 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

12U.K.After Article 10 insert—

10AReduction of payment under Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

(1)This Article applies instead of Article 10 in a case where the compensation payment is a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

(2)The gross amount of the compensation payment—

(a)is to be reduced by the amount of the recoverable benefit, and

(b)accordingly, is to be reduced to nil in any case where the amount of the recoverable benefit is equal to or greater than the gross amount of the compensation payment.

(3)Any claim of a person to receive the compensation payment is to be treated for all purposes as discharged if—

(a)the person is paid the gross amount of the compensation payment less the amount of the recoverable benefit, or

(b)the amount of the recoverable benefit is equal to or greater than the gross amount of the compensation payment and the person is given a statement by the scheme administrator saying that the compensation payment has been reduced to nil.

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I28Sch. 1 para. 12 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

13U.K.In Article 12 after paragraph (3) insert—

(4)The scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not apply for a review under this Article.

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I29Sch. 1 para. 13 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

14U.K.In Article 13(2) after sub-paragraph (b) insert—

but the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not appeal under this Article.

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I30Sch. 1 para. 14 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

15U.K.In Article 15(2) after sub-paragraph (c) insert—

but the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme may not appeal under this Article.

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I31Sch. 1 para. 15 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

16U.K.In the following provisions after “Article 10” insert “ or 10A ”

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I32Sch. 1 para. 16 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Part 2 U.K.Recovery of scheme payments from compensation

Recovery of scheme payments from compensation: England and Wales and ScotlandU.K.

17(1)Section 1A of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 is amended as follows.U.K.

(2)In subsection (2)—

(a)omit the word “and” at the end of paragraph (b), and

(b)at the end of paragraph (c) insert , and

(d)a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (established under the Mesothelioma Act 2014),

(but this subsection does not apply to a payment within paragraph (d) in a case where the compensation payment is itself such a payment).

(3)In subsection (4)(a) for the words from “by or” to “extent” substitute “ as specified in section 1(2)(a) or (c) ”.

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I33Sch. 1 para. 17 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Recovery of scheme payments from compensation: Northern IrelandU.K.

18(1)Article 3A of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1183 (N.I. 12)) is amended as follows.U.K.

(2)In paragraph (2)—

(a)omit the word “and” at the end of sub-paragraph (b), and

(b)at the end of sub-paragraph (c) insert , and

(d)a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (established under the Mesothelioma Act 2014),

(but this paragraph does not apply to a payment within sub-paragraph (d) in a case where the compensation payment is itself such a payment).

(3)In paragraph (4)(a) for the words from “by or” to “extent” substitute “ as specified in Article 3(2)(a) or (c) ”.

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I34Sch. 1 para. 18 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Part 3 U.K.Information sharing

19U.K.In section 23 of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 after subsection (6) insert—

(6A)The following persons must give the Secretary of State the prescribed information for the purposes of this Act—

(a)the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, and

(b)any person providing services to the scheme administrator.

Commencement Information

I35Sch. 1 para. 19 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

20U.K.In Article 25 of the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1183) (N.I. 12) after paragraph (6) insert—

(6A)The following persons must give the Department the prescribed information for the purposes of this Order—

(a)the scheme administrator of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, and

(b)any person providing services to the scheme administrator.

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I36Sch. 1 para. 20 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

21U.K.In section 3 of the Social Security Act 1998 (use of information) at the end of subsection (1A) insert—

(f)the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

Commencement Information

I37Sch. 1 para. 21 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(c)

Section 12

SCHEDULE 2U.K.Exclusion of payments under other legislation

Exclusion of payments under other legislation: England and Wales and ScotlandU.K.

1U.K.In section 2 of the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979—

(a)at the end of subsection (1)(b) (but before the “and”) insert—

(ba)that no application has been made for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in respect of the disease (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);;

(b)at the end of subsection (2)(c) (but before the “and”) insert—

(ca)that no application has been made by the deceased, or any dependant, for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in respect of the disease (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

Commencement Information

I38Sch. 2 para. 1 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

2U.K.In section 47(3) of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

Commencement Information

I39Sch. 2 para. 2 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

Exclusion of payments under other legislation: Northern IrelandU.K.

3U.K.The Pneumoconiosis, etc., (Workers' Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/925 (N.I. 9)) is amended as follows.

Commencement Information

I40Sch. 2 para. 3 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

4U.K.In Article 3(3) at the end of sub-paragraph (b) (but before the “and”) insert—

(ba)that no application has been made for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in respect of the disease (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

Commencement Information

I41Sch. 2 para. 4 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

5U.K.In Article 4(3) at the end of sub-paragraph (c) (but before the “and”) insert—

(ca)that no application has been made by the deceased, or any dependant, for a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme in respect of the disease (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

Commencement Information

I42Sch. 2 para. 5 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)

6U.K.In section 2(3) of the Mesothelioma, etc., Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 9) after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)a payment under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (for the scheme, see the Mesothelioma Act 2014);.

Commencement Information

I43Sch. 2 para. 6 in force at 31.3.2014 by S.I. 2014/459, art. 3(d)