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Former Miners

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many former miners have been diagnosed to be suffering from (a) chronic bronchitis and (b) emphysema; and how many were diagnosed after April. [16477]

The information is set out in the table.

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema diagnoses from September 1993
Percentage disabled assessment September 1997 to March 1997April 1993 to October 1997September 1993 to October 1997
1–1310138139
14–1005,4285,86511,293
Total (1–100)5,5295,90311,432

Source:

100 per cent. count from DSS BREM systems and DSS Central Data Unit. Figures are provisional and subject to amendment.

Note:

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema, prescribed disease D12, was introduced from 13 September 1993.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many former miners have been rejected for a disablement award because they have failed the FEV1 test since April. [16478]

Since April 1978, 768 people have failed the FEV1 test, at a medical examination made in connection with a claim to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, for chronic bronchitis and emphysema (prescribed disease D12). This is the latest figure available and covers the period up to 31 October 1997.

Source:

100 per cent. count from Department of Social Security BREM system. Figures are provisional and subject to amendment.