HC Deb 07 April 1965 vol 710 cc85-6W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if she will set out in tabular form in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of deaths in the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the years 1950, 1955 and 1960 to 1964, respectively, from pneumoconiosis or from other causes with pneumoconiosis; and what was the number in each year whose relatives were denied insurance benefit.

Mr. Harold Davies

I am informed by the Registrar General that the numbers of deaths in Stoke-on-Trent classified as due to "pneumoconiosis and chronic interstitial pneumonia" in the years 1960–64 were as follows:

1960 45
1961 73
1962 50
1963 55

Pneumoconiosis may have been present in some cases of deaths classified to other causes. Deaths assigned to pneumoconiosis were not tabulated for local areas before 1958. Figures for 1964 are not yet available.

As regards the second part of the Question, I regret that information about the number of rejected claims for death benefit is not available.

Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if full benefit will be paid in the case of Walter Thomas Newbon, of I, Brogan Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, who for 40 years worked in the pottery industry and died from pneumoconiosis.

Mr. Harold Davies

I understand that this claim has still to be determined by the Pneumoconiosis and Byssinosis Benefit Board. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as a decision on the claim has been given.

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