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Winter Deaths

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many excess winter deaths there were in Stroud constituency in each of the last 10 years. (112888)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 January 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many winter deaths there were in Stroud constituency in each of the last 10 years. (112888)

Estimates of excess winter deaths relate to a four-month period from December of one year to March of the next year. The table below provides the number of excess winter deaths in Stroud parliamentary constituency for the years 1995/96 to 2004/05 (the latest available).

Table 1: excess winter deaths1,2 in Stroud parliamentary constituency3,1995-96 to 2004-05

Number

Winter

Excess deaths

1995-96

110

1996-97

80

1997-98

70

1998-99

130

1999-2000

100

2000-01

70

2001-02

60

2002-03

80

2003-04

0

2004-05

40

1 The estimated number of excess winter deaths is the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the following four months (April to July). Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2 Data are based on deaths occurring in each month.

3 Using boundaries as of 2005 for all years shown.