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Suicide: Greater London

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides were committed in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. (132919)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 20 April 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many suicides were committed in each London borough in each of the last ten years. I am replying in her absence. (132919)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, in each London Borough, from 1996 to 2005 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of deaths where suicide (death from intentional self-harm, or injury or poisoning of undetermined intent) was the underlying cause of death1, London boroughs, 1996-20052,3

Deaths (persons)

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Greater London

628

667

778

682

621

630

630

659

627

620

Inner London

310

324

352

334

295

308

298

306

305

291

Camden

28

28

45

31

30

25

25

30

38

27

City of London

1

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

Hackney

26

18

22

23

20

28

18

17

20

17

Hammersmith and Fulham

14

19

12

23

15

22

15

12

19

24

Haringey

26

21

21

14

15

27

21

25

18

21

Islington

22

19

26

30

23

25

30

26

36

27

Kensington and Chelsea

18

19

22

22

19

18

17

17

20

19

Lambeth

44

31

41

32

26

27

23

29

25

22

Lewisham

25

37

36

30

28

17

24

19

22

24

Newham

14

13

25

20

23

22

12

23

21

16

Southwark

25

35

29

33

29

20

26

33

24

24

Tower Hamlets

14

21

20

19

17

22

29

18

19

10

Wandsworth

24

34

33

35

21

24

31

30

20

26

Westminster

29

27

20

21

28

30

27

26

22

34

Outer London

318

343

426

348

326

322

332

353

322

329

Barking and Dagenham

7

10

13

16

11

12

12

8

8

6

Barnet

25

23

28

27

32

23

23

25

20

24

Bexley

16

18

19

21

10

15

14

18

20

12

Brent

26

23

37

23

21

23

22

22

18

14

Bromley

20

17

28

25

17

24

22

25

24

17

Croydon

38

25

28

21

25

18

20

26

21

25

Ealing

18

27

38

23

31

17

33

23

26

38

Enfield

27

16

19

18

16

29

25

24

21

20

Greenwich

16

24

25

24

9

18

14

16

18

26

Harrow

9

20

17

14

17

18

20

15

17

15

Havering

11

14

15

11

17

11

14

14

7

10

Hillingdon

26

17

24

25

21

24

23

32

16

17

Hounslow

14

16

17

20

14

16

21

10

22

18

Kingston upon Thames

10

8

22

11

7

7

14

8

18

16

Merton

10

17

15

16

17

14

12

18

13

19

Redbridge

14

17

23

12

14

12

14

23

18

14

Richmond upon Thames

6

14

19

19

24

12

6

14

13

7

Sutton

12

21

12

12

14

8

6

17

4

20

Waltham Forest

13

16

27

10

9

21

17

15

18

11

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1995 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for the years 2001 to 2004. Figures are for persons aged 15 and over.

2 Based on local authority boundaries as of 2007.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.