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Suicide

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides have been recorded in each of the last 10 years for (a) males under 18, (b) females under 18, (c) males over 18 and (d) females over 18. [100549]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Tim Loughton, dated 3 March 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning how many suicides have been recorded in each of the last ten years for (a) males under 18, (b) females under 18, (c) males over 18 and (d) females over 18.
The most recent available mortality data are for the calendar year 2001. Figures for each year from 1992 to 2001 are given in the table below.

Number of deaths from suicide and injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted,

1

by sex, England and Wales, 1992 to 2001

2

Calendar year

Number of deaths (a) males under 18

(b) females under 18

(c) males 18 and over

(d) females 18 and over

199251234,0091,403
199363303,8121,346
199465213,8221,236
199543353,7871,292
199654253,6001,214
199756303,6661,229
199866213,8631,204
199953273,8511,257
200066253,5931,238
200152173,4861,150

1The cause of death wad defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1992 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending.

2 Figures are for deaths registered in 1992 and for deaths occurring in each calendar year from 1993 to 2001.