§ Mr. Ian McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the cost to his Department of providing industrial injury scheme benefits to people suffering from occupational asthma in each year from 1989–90 to 1994–95. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.136W
The figures are estimates of the cost of industrial injuries disablement benefit reduced earnings allowance and retirement allowance paid to people suffering from occupational asthma and do not include the costs of administration or the benefit expenditure on constant attendance allowance, exceptionally severe disablement allowance or unemployment supplement.
The data on which these estimates are based are not yet available for 1994–95.
Estimated cost of providing Industrial Injuries benefits to people suffering from occupational asthma Cash prices £ million 1989–90 1.0 1990–91 2.0 1991–92 2.5 1992–93 3.0 1993–94 4.0
Estimated costs are given at cash prices, rounded to the nearest £0.5 million and may be subject to a margin of error.