§ Mr. Clapham
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) men and (b) women, broken down by occupation, (i) are in receipt of a disablement pension for asbestosis and (ii) were made an award in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Bayley
[pursuant to his reply, 15 February 1999, c. 535–36]: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table.103W
Industrial injuries disablement benefit—newly diagnosed awards of asbestos-related diseases in the period 1 April 1997 to 31 March 1998 All Men Women Stationary plant and related trades workers 95 94 1 Machine operators and assemblers 41 36 5 Drivers and mobile plant operators 69 69 0 Sales and services elementary occupations 14 12 2 Agricultural, fishery and related labourers 2 2 0 Labourers in mining, construction, manufacturing and transport 96 96 0 Armed forces 1 1 0
1. Figures are not available by occupation or attributable agent for the total numbers of people receiving benefit related to asbestos.
2. Asbestos related diseases that are prescribed for the purposes of industrial injuries Disablement Benefit are Pneumoconiosis (prescribed disease D1), where the attributable agent is asbestos; Diffuse mesothelioma (prescribed disease D3); Carcinoma of the lung (prescribed disease D8); and Bilateral diffuse pleural thickening (prescribed disease D9). The table shows new diagnoses for benefit purposes of these asbestos-related diseases, which have attracted an award of benefit in the 1997–98 year, by gender and occupation.
DSS (Analytical Services Division). Figures based on 100 per cent. data.