HC Deb 19 June 1986 vol 99 c598W
Mr. Parry

asked the Paymaster General how many persons have died from asbestos-related diseases in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Mr. Trippier

The following table gives the numbers of' death certificates which mention the asbestos-related diseases asbestosis and mesothelioma. Some deaths involving mesothelioma may not be related to asbestos. The most recent figures are for 1984.

Death certificates mentioning asbestos-related diseases
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
England and Wales
Asbestosis without mesothelioma 90 119 119 108 115
Asbestosis with mesothelioma 67 62 76 86 78
Mesothelioma without asbestosis 338 352 368 426 468
Total 495 533 563 620 661

In addition, studies have shown that workers heavily exposed to asbestos in the past now suffer a significantly higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. There are, however, no figures of the total numbers of asbestos-related deaths from this disease.