the possibility of hundreds of Scottish asbestos victims not receiving
compensation as a result of the UK's largest manufacturer of the material
being granted a court order allowing it to go into voluntary administration.
Cllr Watters said: 'I have to register my concerns in relation to
this issue. Asbestosis and the plight of its sufferers is an issue very
close to my heart.
'It is a matter that Cosla also feels very strongly about, we have discussed
it in great detail at a number of Leaders meetings and have set up an
asbestos group to look at best practice on the problem.
'A recent STUC report indicated that over 1,800 people from all over
Scotland have died as a result of working with asbestos in the four years
since 1997, all of Scotland's local authority areas are affected in some way
and that is why it is such an important issue to myself and Cosla.'