HC Deb 14 February 1985 vol 73 c285W
Mr. Coombs

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the incidence of death from heart disease among the armed forces; and how this compares with the figures for the United Kingdom population as a whole.

Mr. Lee

During the period 1981–83 inclusive there were 130 male deaths from ischaemic heart disease in the regular armed forces in the age group 20–54, a rate of 17 per 100,000 at risk. In the same period in the comparable population of the United Kingdom there were 29,149 deaths from the same cause, a rate of 76 per 100,000 at risk.