MESOTHELIOMA victims are to have their right to full compensation restored.
During the third reading of the Compensation Bill hundreds of victims of the devastating lung disease learned they could again claim full compensation from former employers.
An amendment to the bill also means victims whose cases were settled during the last few weeks because the court would not adjourn their claim can now apply to the court again to seek the full value of their award.
The Compensation Bill aims to reverse a House of Lords ruling on May 3 over payouts.
Victims have been left in limbo after the Law Lords made it harder to bring a successful case against employers where claimants had worked for more than one company.
The test case involved a compensation claim brought by Sunderland widow Mary Murray.
The 84-year-old was awarded £45,000 in March 2004 after her husband John contracted the fatal illness through exposure to asbestos during his time as a welder in North East shipyards.
Mr Murray died in 1999, but one of his employers, British Shipbuilders (Hydrodynamics) Ltd, argued it should only pay a portion of the compensation because it had only contributed towards 42% of Mr Murray's asbestos exposure.
The House of Lords sided with the employers but weeks after the ruling Prime Minister Tony Blair gave his backing to a campaign to reverse the decision.
This amendment tabled by the Government gives claimants in the future the ability to obtain full compensation from any of the companies who were at fault in exposing them to asbestos.
It also allows mesothelioma victims, whose claims were settled following the House of Lords decision, to have their case reviewed.