§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many asbestos-related deaths there were in Wales in 1997; and what was the corresponding figure for the previous year. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
The latest available information from the Office for National Statistics for the number of registered deaths from asbestos-related illnesses of residents in Wales is 66 in 1997 (provisional) and 54 in 1996.