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Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many death certificates mentioned hypothermia as (a) main cause of death or (b) contributory cause of death in each year and in each month for the past five years; [37312](2) pursuant to his answer of 20 January,

Official Report, column 1125, how many people died of hypothermia in (a) 1993 and (b) 1994, by regional health authority and in Wales. [37352]

The coding of causes of death in England and Wales was changed in 1993. Though the results from this are generally satisfactory, the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys has identified significant problems in the coding of external causes of death. Certifications of deaths in 1993 and 1994 which could have been due to external causes are all being examined and re-coded as necessary. More reliable data, comparable to that for previous years, will be available in 1996. These problems may have affected the results for hypothermia in 1993 and 1994.The figures for 1990, 1991 and 1992 are shown in the table.

GMS expenditure deprivation payments England.