HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 cc381-2W
Mr. Alasdair Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many leukaemias were(a) observed and (b) expected in the 0–24 age group in the postcode sector DG7.3 (Castle Douglas) in the periods (i) 1990 to 1994 and (ii) 1995 to the present time; and if he will make a statement on the incidence of leukaemia in Castle Douglas relative to the rest of Scotland. [42135]

Mr. Galbraith

No cases of leukaemia were observed in the 0–24 age group in postcode sector DG7.3 during the periods 1990–94 or 1995–96 (the most recent year for which information is available). For postcode sector DG7.3, based on background rates in Scotland as a whole, the expected numbers of cases of leukaemia in this age group, by period of diagnosis are shown in the following table:

Observed and expected numbers of cases of leukaemia in age group 0–24 years in DG7.3 in the periods 1990–94 and 1995–96
Time period Observed number of cases Expected number of cases
1990–94 0 0.19
1995–96 0 0.06