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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people committed suicide in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) ethnic origin, in each (i) London borough and (ii) constituency; and if he will make a statement. (82959)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 10 July 2006:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people committed suicide, broken down by (a) age and (b) ethnic origin, in each of the last five years in each (i) London Borough and (ii) national constituency. (82959)

Although information on country of birth is collected at death registration, ethnicity is not collected.

The most recent year for which figures are available is 2005. A table which shows the number of deaths with an underlying cause of suicide or injury/poisoning of undetermined intent by age group for each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales and for each London Borough for the years 2001 to 2005 has been placed in the House of Commons library.