HC Deb 12 December 1983 vol 50 c330W
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:

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.