HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 cc135-6W
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. [25780]

Mr. Roger Evans

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.

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.