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Mesothelioma

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many mesothelioma diagnoses have been made by his Department in connection with a claim for industrial injuries disablement benefit in the last three years; and how many of these were posthumous claims for backdated benefit; (79109)

(2) what the occupations were of claimants of industrial injuries disablement benefit for mesothelioma in the last three years.

[holding answer 20 June 2006]: The available information is in the following table. Although included in the table, information on the number of posthumous claims for backdated benefit is not available separately.

Mesothelioma diagnoses in connection with a claim to industrial injuries disablement benefit by occupation

Number

2002

2003

2004

2005

All occupations

1,000

1,170

1,345

1,175

11

Corporate managers

15

25

15

15

12

Managers and proprietors in agriculture and services

5

5

21

Science and technology professionals

60

95

105

90

22

Health professionals

5

23

Teaching and research professionals

5

10

10

10

24

Business and public service professionals

5

5

5

5

31

Science and technology associate professionals

45

40

50

35

32

Health and social welfare associate professionals

5

5

10

33

Protective service occupations

10

10

10

5

34

Culture, media and sports occupations

5

35

Business and public service associate professionals

10

10

15

5

41

Administrative occupations

20

20

35

20

42

Secretarial and related occupations

5

5

10

10

51

Skilled agricultural trades

5

5

10

10

52

Skilled metal and electrical trades

270

310

350

290

53

Skilled construction and building trades

265

285

335

315

54

Textiles, printing and other skilled trades

15

25

20

30

61

Caring personal service occupations

5

5

5

5

62

Leisure and other personal services occupations

5

5

10

10

71

Sales occupations

5

10

10

5

72

Customer service occupations

5

5

81

Process, plant and machine operatives

115

150

160

140

82

Transport and mobile machine drivers and operatives

20

35

35

45

91

Elementary trades, plant and storage related occupations

90

110

115

100

92

Elementary administration and service occupations

20

15

20

15

Notes:

1. The table uses the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-8).

2. Figures for 2005 are for nine months only and are provisional.

3. — Nil or Negligible.

4. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

All figures are from a 100 per cent. sample of clerical forms received from the Disablement Benefit offices.