§ 85. Mr. Driberg
asked the Minister of Health if he will publish in HANSARD a table showing the number of deaths, and the approximate number of working days lost, as a result of bronchitis and other respiratory diseases, in each month of each year since 1945; how closely these figures are related to the incidence of fog and frost, and to other climatic conditions, in urban and in rural areas, respectively; what is their approximate distribution in the various age-groups; what is the approximate total annual cost to industry, to the National Health Service, to National Insurance, and to the National Assistance Board, that may be attributed, directly or indirectly, to these diseases; and what research is being done into their cause and cure.
§ Mr. Powell
These statistics of deaths and of weather conditions are published in the Registrar General's Returns. I regret that figures of the cost of particular diseases to industry and to the National Health Service are not available. The question of working days lost because of illness and the cost of illness to National Insurance and to the National Assistance Board is for my68W right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance and that of research for my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for Science.