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Childbirth

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on which dates the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths that took place in the previous year was published in each of the last five years. (202391)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about the dates on which the number of (a) live births and (b) stillbirths that took place in the previous year were published in each of the last five years. (202391)

The Office for National Statistics is responsible for publishing statistics on the numbers of births registered in England and Wales. The latest year for which figures are available is 2006.

The table below gives the dates on which the numbers of live births and still births in England and Wales for the years 2002 to 2006 were first published. Live births are first published as part of the first release of births and deaths data. Stillbirths are first published in Health Statistics Quarterly (within the infant and perinatal mortality report).

Date of publication (England and Wales)

Year of birth

Live births

Stillbirths

2002

13 May 2003

2 1 August 2003

2003

13 May 2004

19 August 20041

2004

12 May 2005

25m August 20051

2005

18 May 2006

30 August 2006

2006

7 June 20071

23rd August 2007

1 Revisions are sometimes necessary if further information becomes available at a later date. In the instances indicated in the table these were made in August following the first release.