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Nitrous Oxide: Death

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nitrous oxide related deaths there were in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. (125167)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 8 March 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many nitrous oxide related deaths there were in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. (125167)

The most recent year for which figures are available is 2005. The attached table shows the number of deaths from toxic effect of nitrogen oxide and poisoning by inhaled anaesthetics, where nitrous oxide was mentioned on the death certificate or in the coroners text.

Deaths from toxic effect of nitrogen oxide1 or poisoning by inhaled anaesthetics2, where nitrous oxide was mentioned, United Kingdom, 2001 to 20053

Number

2001

2

2002

0

2003

0

2004

1

2005

0

1 Selected using International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T59.0.

2 Selected using International Classification of Disease, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T41.0.

3 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year for England and Wales and for deaths registered in each calendar year for Scotland and Northern Ireland.