To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will express the number of deaths in England and in Wales of those aged 65 years and over which occurred in the months October to March as a percentage of those which occurred in the previous six months, for each year since 1974–75; and if he will publish what information he has on seasonal variations in the death rate among those aged 65 years and over in (a) EEC member states, (b) Norway, (c) Sweden, (d) Iceland and (e) Finland.
[holding answer 3 December 1987]: The information for England and Wales is given in table 1. Figures on the same basis for the remaining countries can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, table 2 shows data readily available for persons of all ages.
|Table 1—Number of deaths for October to March expressed as a percentage of those for the previous April to September for persons aged 65 years and over for (a) occurrences and (b) registrations England and Wales 1974–75 to 1986–87|
|Percentage of occurrences||Percentage of registrations|
|1 Figures for 1986–87 are not strictly comparable with those of earlier years as the January to March deaths for 1987 are provisional.|
Number of deaths occurring in months October to March expressed as a percentage of those occurring in the previous April to September, by country, 1974–75 to 1983–84
Persons, all ages
|German Federal Republic||113·81||106·37||101·53||111·09||107·19||106·41||106·83||107·17||107·04||105·19|
1 Percentages based on registrations rather than occurrences.
ֵ Not available.
Source: United Nations Demographic Yearbook, 1980 and 1985.