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Asbestosis

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were diagnosed to be suffering from asbestosis in (a) 1995 and (b) 1996 broken down by (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority unit. [16480]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Michael Clapham, dated 19 November 1997:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply, as Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to your recent question on the number of people diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis in 1995 and 1996, by parliamentary constituency and local authority unit.
There are no registers kept on cases of asbestosis diagnosed whilst people are still alive. Data from Hospital Episode Statistics (Department of Health) are not suitable because they relate to the number of treatments rather than the number of individuals. The only information centrally available covers deaths from asbestosis in 1995 and 1996. This is in the tables below:

Deaths from Asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1995

County/Local authority

Number

Greater London

9
Barking and Dagenham LB1
Harrow LB1
Havering LB1
Newham LB3
Redbridge LB1
Tower Hamlets LB1
Westminster City of LB1

Deaths from Asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1995

County/Local authority

Number

Merseyside

5
Liverpool MD1
Wirral MD4

South Yorkshire

2
Rotherham MD1
Sheffield MD1

Tyne and Wear

5
Gateshead MD1
Newcastle upon Tyne MD1
South Tyneside MD1
Sunderland MD2

West Midlands

1
Sandwell1

West Yorkshire

5
Kirklees MD3
Leeds MD2

Cheshire

2
Crewe and Nantwich CD1
Macclesfield CD1

Cleveland

5
Hartlepool CD1
Langbaurgh on Tees CD1
Stockton on Tees CD3

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

1
Caradon CD1

Cumbria

1
Allerdale CD1

Derbyshire

3
Bolsover CD1
Chesterfield CD1
Derbyshire Dales CD1

Devon

1
Plymouth CD1

Hampshire

2
Portsmouth CD1
Southampton CD1

Staffordshire

1
Stafford CD1
Warwickshire1
Warwickshire CD1
Total44

Deaths from Asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1996

County/Local authority

Number

Greater London

15
Barking and Dagenham LB5
Havering LB1
Hillingdon LB1
Lambeth LB1
Newham LB4
Redbridge LB1
Southwark LB1
Tower Hamlets LB1

Deaths from Asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1996

County/Local authority

Number

Greater Manchester

2
Rochdale MD1
Salford MD1

Merseyside

7
Knowsley MD1
Wirral MD6

Tyne and Wear

8
Newcastle upon Tyne MD1
North Tyneside MD3
Sunderland MD4

West Midlands

1
Walsall MD1

West Yorkshire

1
Wakefield MD1

Bedfordshire

1
South Bedfordshire CD1

Cheshire

2
Crewe and Nantwich CD1
Macclesfield CD1

Cumbria

1
Barrow in Furness CD1

Derbyshire

1
Erewash CD1

Devon

4
Plymount CD3
Torbay CD1

East Sussex

1
Hove CD1

Hampshire

5
Gosport CD1
Havant CD1
New Forest CD1
Southampton CD2

Kent

2
Canterbury CD1
Gillingham CD1

Lancashire

1
Blackburn CD1

Staffordshire

2
Stafford CD2

Surrey

1
Woking CD1

Wiltshire

1
Kennet CD1

Unitary Authorities

Bath and North East Somerset UA1
Bristol UA1
Cardiff UA1
Denbighshire UA1
Hartlepool UA1
Isle of Wight UA3

Deaths from Asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1996

County/Local authority

Number

Kingston upon Hull UA1
Newport UA1
Stockton on Tees UA2
Total68

The tables show only those local authorities in which a death occurred. Similar data could only be presented at parliamentary constituency level at disproportionate cost.

Deaths from asbestosis were identified as those certified with an underlying cause coded to ICD9 [International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision] code of 501.