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Childbirth

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in each year since 1978. (203548)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not collect birth statistics. Latest Office for National Statistics figures relating to births in England and Wales are as follows.

Number of live births in England and Wales

1978

596,418

1979

638,028

1980

656,234

1981

634,492

1982

625,931

1983

629,134

1984

636,818

1985

656,417

1986

661,018

1987

681,511

1988

693,577

1989

687,725

1990

706,140

1991

699,217

1992

689,656

1993

673,467

1994

664,726

1995

648,138

1996

649,485

1997

643,095

1998

635,901

1999

621,872

2000

604,441

2001

594,634

2002

596,122

2003

621,469

2004

639,721

2005

645,835

2006

669,601