§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people in(a) the UK and (b) Buckinghamshire left the work force following injury or illness caused at work, in each year since 1997. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
The regular statistical sources do not provide a basis for reliable estimates of the data requested. However, the HSE publication "The costs to Britain of workplace accidents and ill health in 1995–96" (the most recent such data available) estimates that in Great Britain approximately 27,000 people1were forced to give up work in 1995 as a result of injury or illness caused by work.1It should be noted that this is a statistically imprecise estimate, based on aggregating two different sources, and the statistical 95 per cent. confidence interval around this estimate runs from 16,000 to 42,000.