The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 October 2007:
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for the number of (a) marriages between 20 to 40 years olds per 10,000 20 to 40 year olds, (b) marriages per 10,000 adults and (c) divorces per 10,000 adults there were in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland, in each year since 1980. (158640)
(a) Marriages between ages 20 and 40 from 1980
At a marriage either one or both partners may be aged between 20 and 40. We have therefore presented the table in terms of individuals marrying rather than marriages. In the tables below age specific marriage rates for individuals marrying aged 20 up to age 40 (that is aged 20 to 39) in each year from 1980 onwards are provided.
The information requested is not readily available for England and Wales separately; therefore in the answer to section (a) England and Wales have been combined. Data are available to 2005 for England and Wales and 2006 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The tables have been placed in the Library.