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Mesothelioma

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of mesothelioma were registered in each year since 1973 in Scotland.

The number of cases of mesothelioma registered on the regional cancer registers in each year from 1973 to 1978 in Scotland were as follows:

YearMaleFemaleTotal
197313013
1974808
197515217
197621122
197720222
197823225
The figures for 1979 are not yet available.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases of death by mesothelioma in each year since 1973 post mortems were carried out; in how many cases sheriff's inquiries were held in public; and in how many cases the conclusion was that the disease was contracted as a result of asbestos exposure.

The number of deaths registered in Scotland from mesothelioma and the number of such cases where a post mortem was carried out in each of the years 1973 to 1979 are as follows:

YearNumber of deathsCases where a post mortem was carried out
1973187
1974126
1975196
19762610
1977187
1978315
19794118
Information is not available on the number of such cases which were the subject of public fatal accident inquiries in the sheriff courts, nor about the number in which it was concluded that the disease was contracted as a result of exposure to asbestos.