§ Mr. Bayley
The information is not available in the form requested. Such information as is available is in the tables. It should be noted that prescribed disease D1 is referred to as pneumoconiosis, but that this term covers a range of lung diseases caused by dust, including coal-workers' pneumoconiosis and silicosis, as well as asbestosis.
The number of current assessments for pneumoconiosis (D1) Thousand IIDB current assessments for pneumoconiosis (D1)1 Total Year ending 4 April 1998 11.4 Year ending 5 April 1997 11.9 Year ending 30 March 1996 12.0 Year ending 1 April 1995 12.9
The number of first diagnosed assessments attracting benefit, for pneumoconiosis (D1) associated with the asbestos agent, in each of the last five years IIDB first diagnosed assessments for pneumoconiosis2(DI with the asbestos agent) Number January to September 19993 303 Year ending December 1998 305 Year ending December 1997 344 Year ending December 1996 479 Year ending December 1995 427 1Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit current assessments are based on a 10 per cent. clerical sample. An adjustment has been made for late statistical returns (except for 1996–97), but figures may still be subject to a small degree of undercount due to non-response. 2 Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit first diagnosed assessments is based on a 100 per cent. count. 3Figures for 1999 are for nine months only. December 1999 quarterly figures are not yet available.