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Death: Asbestos

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people died from an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (224752)

I have been asked to reply.

There are no data available at the constituency level.

Deaths from mesothelioma, 1997-2005

The number of deaths from mesothelioma for South Tyneside, the North East and for England is given in the following table.

South Tyneside

North East

England

1997

15

126

1,181

1998

12

100

1,334

1999

8

119

1,406

2000

15

123

1,425

2001

18

154

1,630

2002

9

127

1,622

2003

8

112

1,642

20041

15

134

1,731

20051

10

159

1,787

1 Provisional

Source:

Health and Safety Executive British Mesothelioma Register

Deaths from lung cancer due to asbestos

Lung cancer deaths caused by asbestos are clinically indistinguishable from those caused by other agents such as tobacco smoke. It is estimated that about the same number of lung cancer deaths due to asbestos occur each year as mesothelioma deaths.

Deaths with asbestosis specified as underlying cause, 1997-20051

The number of deaths where asbestosis was specified as the underlying cause of death in South Tyneside, the North East, and the United Kingdom each year from 1997 is given in the following table.

South Tyneside

North East

England

1997

3

10

55

1998

0

8

49

1999

0

10

55

2000

0

13

57

2001

1

14

68

2002

2

20

94

2003

5

19

96

20042

3

19

83

20052

0

15

107

1 Excluding the small number of cases which also mention mesothelioma

2 Provisional

Source:

Health and Safety Executive British Asbestosis Register