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Post-Mortems: Children

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many post mortem examinations on children aged between five and 15 were not carried out by paediatric pathologists in each coroner's district in each of the last five years. (184749)

I have been asked to reply.

The information is not available in the format requested. The Office of National Statistics collects data on the deaths of children in England aged between five and 15 years where a post mortem examination has been carried out. It is not broken down by coroner's district. The information available is shown in the following table.

Death registrations in England by post mortem type, ages 5 to 15. Data from the Office of National Statistics

Post mortem authorised by a coroner

Post mortem authorised by a doctor

Not known by whom post mortem authorised

2006

493

22

4

2005

533

18

5

2004

507

18

1

2003

579

19

2

2002

571

25

4

Information is not collected centrally on how many of those post mortem examinations were carried out by paediatric pathologists.