HC Deb 13 May 1971 vol 817 c154W
Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated number of deaths of former coal miners from pneumoconiosis and other respiratory diseases in the Northumberland, North Durham and South Durham areas of the National Coal Board for each of the last 10 years; and what are the numbers for the whole of Great Britain's coalfields for the same period.

Mr. Dean

The statistics available relate to cases for which death benefit for pneumoconiosis was awarded under the Industrial Injuries Act, and the Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases Benefit Scheme and to cases certified for Workmen's Compensation purposes. Figures are not available for particular areas but those for the whole of Great Britain for the years 1960–69 are given below; figures for 1970 have not yet been received.

1960 1,017
1961 1,054
1962 950
1963 1,016
1964 866
1965 860
1966 697
1967 631
1968 675
1969 629