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Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of asbestos-related mesothelioma have been recorded in London in the last 10 years. (313767)

[holding answer 28 January 2010]: The total number of mesothelioma deaths where the last residence of the deceased was recorded as being within the Government Office for London region1 between 1998 and 2007 (the latest year for which data are available) was 1761 (source: HSE, British Mesothelioma Register). The great majority of these will be due to asbestos exposure but there is evidence to suggest a small number of cases have some other unidentified cause.

1 The Government Office for London region includes both inner and outer London boroughs.