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Death: Elderly

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of excess winter deaths were of pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (172127)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 6 December 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what percentage of excess winter deaths were of pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available. (172127)

The latest data for excess winter mortality for England and Wales are currently provisional figures for 2006/07. It is not possible to tell from mortality data whether the deceased was a pensioner. However, ONS has published figures for excess winter mortality by age group and Government Office Region (GOR) of England, and Wales on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D7089.xls

Using this table for the latest provisional year’s figures available for the winter of 2006/07, 93 per cent of excess winter mortality occurred in people aged 65 and over.