§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many death certificates issued in 1982 record death due to (a) asbestosis, (b) asbestosis and lung cancer and (c) mesothelioma.
§ Mr. Gummer
Figures for 1982 are not yet available. The numbers of death certificates for 1981 which mention asbestosis, asbestosis and lung cancer and mesothelioma are as follows:
Numbers asbestosis with lung cancer 79 asbestosis with mesothelioma 131 asbestosis alone or with other disease 60 Total asbestosis 270 mesothelioma or pleura 296 mesothelioma of peritoneum 22 mesothelioma of pleura and peritoneum 5 mesothelioma, site not specified 122 Total mesothelioma 445
Both totals include certificates mentioning both asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The figures differ very slightly from those quoted in my reply to the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) on 27 July — [Vol. 46, c. 359.] — because of the exceptionally late receipt of some death certificates.