§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many deaths at work were recorded in the most recent available year; and if he will make a statement on recent trends. 
§ Mr. Meale
In 1997–98 there were 261 fatalities to workers.
The fatal injury rate for all workers in 1997–98 was 1.0 per hundred thousand workers, which represents a return to the level seen in 1995–96, the lowest since the introduction of the reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations in 1986. The rate has fallen from 1.4 per hundred thousand five years ago and 1.8 per hundred thousand ten years ago.
The information for 1997–98 is provisional.