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Juvenile Mortality

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most common causes of death of young people in the UK were in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [118182]

Percentage of total deaths by age and sex for main causes of death1, United Kingdom, 20012
MalesFemales
15–1920–2425 and over15–1920–2425 and over
External causes of death6162440412
of which
Accidents4034226212
Suicide162318160
Neoplasms9829141424
of which
Leukaemia221331
Nervous system9421293
Mental disorders4102654
Circulatory system44416740
Respiratory system22125413
Infectious diseases121431
Digestive system124135
Other causes87513158
Total deaths (thousands)1.11.5281.20.40.6312.2
1 The causes of death were selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes. The codes used were as follows:
External causes of death—V01-Y89;
Accidents- V01-X59;
Suicides—X60-X84 & Y10-Y34 (excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending for England and Wales);
Neoplasms—C00-D48;
Leukaemia—C91-C95;
Nervous system—G00-G99;
Mental disorders—F00-F99;
Circulatory system -100–199;
Respiratory system—J00-J99;
Infectious diseases -A00-B99;
Digestive system—K00-K93.
2 Figures are for the number of deaths occurring in each calendar year in England and Wales and the number of deaths registrated in each calendar year for Scotland and Northern Ireland.3 Office for National Statistics (2000). Social Focus on Young People. Table 2.2, pg 22. London: TSO.