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Death: Firearms

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from gunshot wounds in the UK in each of the last 10 years. (160004)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 25 October 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people died from gunshot wounds in the UK in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (160004)

The table below contain numbers of firearm injury deaths with a Coroner’s verdict of accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined intent in the UK from 1997 to 2006, the latest available year.

Number of deaths from firearm injury,1 United Kingdom, 1997 to 20062

Number of deaths

1997

198

1998

229

1999

207

2000

204

2001

193

2002

181

2003

187

2004

191

2005

185

20063

210

1 The cause of death for firearm injury was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes listed below for the years 1997 to 2000 for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 1997 to 1999 for Scotland, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes listed below from 2001 onwards for England and Wales and Northern Ireland and from 2000 onwards for Scotland.

ICD-9: E922, E955.0-E955.4, E965.0-E965.4, E970, E985.0-E985.4

ICD-10: W32-W34, X72-X74, X93-X95, Y22-Y24, Y35.0.

Figures include deaths with a Coroner’s verdict of accident, suicide, homicide and undetermined intent.

2 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

3 Data are provisional for Northern Ireland.