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Mortality

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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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 1Number 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 occurrencesPercentage of registrations
1974–75118·4
1975–76125·9
1976–77119·8
1977–78118·1
1978–79121·2
1979–80115·2
1980–81117·4
1981–82121·9
1982–83120·1
1983–84115·0114·02
1984–85122·5122·26
1985–86124·2120·21
1986–871ֵ109·91
1 Figures for 1986–87 are not strictly comparable with those of earlier years as the January to March deaths for 1987 are provisional.
ֵNot available.

Table 2

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

Country

1974–75

1975–76

1976–77

1977–78

1978–79

1979–80

1980–81

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

Belgium115·12110·82103·50113·39110·07108·76109·04108·20110·67107·76
Irish Republic1113·03117·40114·00115·50115·17113·04117·04122·62121·0252·40
France115·87109·34103·79ֵֵֵ114·18108·4752·51ֵ
German Federal Republic113·81106·37101·53111·09107·19106·41106·83107·17107·04105·19
Italy124·54118·76115·16114·55112·55116·14ֵֵֵֵ
Luxembourg115·96116·1197·07112·41107·73106·90113·58111·79103·39109·53
Netherlands110·34107·18101·27111·95106·83107·25107·02108·86106·32107·15
Portugal132·51133·85119·71121·05116·06118·56128·24108·70127·9955·30
Spain130·27119·15114·07112·14112·71ֵֵֵֵֵ
Greece126·05124·60126·68120·60111·36123·20117·97114·53118·46109·53
Denmark104·13114·91104·78109·93108·84109·46108·94107·34106·93106·73
Norway110·44108·29101·13104·97109·69105·42112·88109·08104·4110704
Sweden106·97111·45103·71108·71107·59106·56109·25108·41106·50124·88
Iceland98·04103·11104·3599·5998·0097·24101·1497·0094·63107·92
Finland106·57111·03104·4899·96105·18110·04107·76104·71106·00103·63
United Kingdom1115·62115·64116·72115·63117·90112·70114·33ֵֵֵ

1 Percentages based on registrations rather than occurrences.

ֵ Not available.

Source: United Nations Demographic Yearbook, 1980 and 1985.