§ Mr. Clapham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis in 1996 in each(a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 12 February 1998]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from John Fox to Mr. Michael Clapham, dated 13 February 1998:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked the Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to answer your recent question on the number of people diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis in 1996 in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area. I am replying in the Director's absence.The only information centrally available covers deaths from asbestosis in 1996. There are no registers kept on cases of asbestosis diagnoses whilst people are still alive. Data from Hospital Episode Statistics (Department of Health) are not suitable because they relate to the number of treatments rather than the number of individuals.The deaths figures are given in the following table:
Deaths from asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1996 County Local authority Greater London 15 Barking and Dagenham LB 5 Havering LB 1 Hillingdon LB 1 Lambeth LB 1 Newham LB 4 Redbridge LB 1 Southwark LB 1 Tower Hamlets LB 1 Greater Manchester 2 Rochdale MD 1 Salford MD 1 Merseyside 7 Knowsley MD 1 Wirral MD 6
Deaths from asbestosis in England and Wales by local authority of residence, 1996 County Local authority Tyne and Wear 8 Newcastle upon Tyne MD 1 North Tyneside MD 3 Sunderland MD 4 West Midlands 1 Walsall MD 1 West Yorkshire 1 Wakefield MD 1 Bedfordshire 1 South Bedfordshire CD 1 Cheshire 2 Crewe and Nantwich CD 1 Macclesfield CD 1 Cumbria 1 Barrow-in-Furness CD 1 Derbyshire 1 Erewash CD 1 Devon 4 Plymouth CD 3 Torbay CD 1 East Sussex 1 Hove CD 1 Hampshire 5 Gosport CD 1 Havant CD 1 New Forest CD 1 Southampton CD 2 Kent 2 Canterbury CD 1 Gillingham CD 1 Lancashire 1 Blackburn CD 1 Staffordshire 2 Stafford CD 2 Surrey 1 Woking CD 1 Wiltshire 1 Kennet CD 1 Unitary authorities Bath and North East Somerset UA 1 Bristol UA 1 Cardiff UA 1 Denbighshire UA 1 Hartlepool UA 1 Isle of Wight UA 3 Kingston upon Hull UA 1 Newport UA 1 Stockton-on-Tees UA 2 Total 68
1. The table shows only those local authorities in which a death occurred. Similar data at parliamentary constituency level could be presented only at disproportionate cost.
2. Deaths from asbestosis were identified as those certified with an underlying cause coded to ICD9 code 501 (International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision).410W