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Industrial Diseases

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people died as the result of recognised industrial diseases (a) in the Northern regional health authority area and (b) nationally, during the period 1979 to 1987.

The latest statistics available show 7,181 deaths in Great Britain during the period 1979 to 1986 which can be attributed to recognised industrial diseases. This figure has been obtained by combining figures for death benefit awards under the industrial injuries and pneumoconiosis, byssinosis and miscellaneous diseases benefit schemes with figures of certifications that death was due to pneumoconiosis made under the workers' compensation scheme. I regret that there are no separate figures for the Northern regional health authority.

Real Hourly Earnings in Manufacturing4Year to Year percentage changes
19791980198119821983198419851986Aggregate percentage change 1979–86
United Kingdom11·9-0·11·32·44·23·52·84·119·6
United States-2·5-42-0·50·20·6-0·20·30·1-3·7

Source: OECD Historical Statistics 1960–1985 and OECD Economic Outlook No. 42 December 1987.


1 United Kingdom figures are based on average weekly earnings.

2 France's figures are based on hourly rates of pay.

3 Japan's figures are based on monthly earnings.

4 International comparisons of real hourly earnings in the economy as a whole are not available