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Birth Statistics

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give the mean birthweight and standard deviation for (a) total births, (b) live births and (c) still births in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984 respectively, in Scotland;(2) if he will give the mean birthweight and standard deviation for

(a) total births and (b) live birthsin 1983 and 1984, respectively, for each health board in Scotland.

Information is given in the tables. Figures for 1983 are provisional and those for 1984 not yet available.

Mean Birthweight and Standard Deviation—Scotland 1980–1983
Mean Birthweight (Grammes)Standard Deviation
1980
Total Births3307·9553·5
Live Births3314·9543·1
Still Births2188·4926·1
1981
Total Births3314·8552·4
Live Births3321·4542·5
Still Births2187·0937·4
1982
Total Births3316·2555·8
Live Births3322·7545·7
Still Births2135·9968·8
1983 (Provisional)
Total Births3318·8561·2
Live Births3325·3551·6
Still Births2111·1912·1
Mean Birthweight and Standard Deviation by Health Board—Scotland 1983 (Provisional)
Health BoardTotal BirthsLive Births
Mean (grams)Std. Dev.Mean (grams)Std. Dev.
Argyll & Clyde3303·3566·23310·0557·8
Ayrshire & Arran3316·1586·63325·6569·9
Borders3416·1484·63416·1484·6
Dumfries and Galloway3319·4539·63325·2533·2
Fife3294·8563·73301·55542
Forth Valley3304·2591·23310·9582·3
Grampian3312·4559·43319·4547·9
Greater Glasgow3289·8565·43295·7557·5
Highland33813575·43390·3561·6
Lanarkshire3303·8598·53311·9578·1
LothianDATA NOT YET AVAILABLE
Orkney3547·2430·23555·1418·3
Shetland3475·1478·13479·0475·1
Tayside3311·6565·23316·7557·3
Western Isles3423·3567·63426·2566·3