The Scottish Government has announced that the proposed legislation on pleural plaques (see No 709) will also cover two other asbestos related conditions: asymptomatic asbestosis or pleural thickening, although in contrast to pleural plaques, these conditions are usually progressive cause further injury to the sufferer.  This is to avoid an anomaly whereby those with symptomless pleural plaques can claim under the proposed legislation but those with other symptomless asbestos related injuries cannot.