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Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides of (a) 16-year olds, (b) 17-year olds and (c) 18-year olds there were in each year since 1997. [117577]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Paul Marsden, dated 9 June 2003:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning how many suicides have been recorded for (a) 16-year olds, (b) 17-year olds and (c) 18-year olds in each year since 1997. I am replying in his absence. (117577)

The most recent available mortality data are for the calendar year 2001. Figures for each year from 1997 to 2001 are given in the following table:

Number of deaths from suicide and injury undetermined whether
accidentally or purposely inflicted 1, persons aged 16,17 and 18,
England and Wales, 1997 to 20012

Number of deaths by individual year of age

16-year olds

17-year olds

18-year olds


1 The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (1 CD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1997 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the International Classifications of Diseases, Tenth Revision (1 CD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y 10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending.

2 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.