HC Deb 03 December 1997 vol 302 cc212-3W
Mr. Eric Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were diagnosed to be suffering from asbestosis in(a) 1995 and (b) 1996 broken down by (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) local authority unit. [18156]

Mr. Galbraith

The information is not available in the form requested by the hon. Member. However, it is possible to provide figures for the numbers of patients discharged from hospital, whose diagnosis includes asbestosis, for the year 1995, broken down by Health Board of residence, as follows:

Health Board of residence Patients discharged in 1995
Argyll and Clyde 6
Artier and Arran 3
Borders 1
Dumfries and Galloway 0
Fife 9
Forth Valley 4
Grampian 3
Greater Glasgow 43
Highland 4
Lanarkshire 3
Lothian 12
Orkney 1
Tayside 1
Western Isles 0
Scotland 90

These figures include both newly diagnosed and longer term cases of asbestosis. The equivalent information for 1996 is not yet available.