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Children: Death

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of children under the age of (a) three, (b) five and (c) 16 died in each year since 1997. (202849)

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 National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many and what proportion of children under the age of (a) three, (b) five and (c) 16 died in each year since 1997. (202849)

The total number of deaths and rate per 100,000 for children under the age of (a) three, (b) five and (c) 16 in each year from 1997 to 2006 for England and Wales are shown in the attached table.

Deaths in children by age, England and Wales, 1997-20061

Number of deaths

Rate per 100,000 population of the same age

Under 3

Under 5

Under 16

Under 3

Under 5

Under 16

1997

4,306

4,545

5,711

223

139

54

1998

4,095

4,321

5,415

214

134

51

1999

4,136

4,351

5,388

217

136

51

2000

3,777

4,001

4,965

203

127

47

2001

3,655

3,868

4,891

202

125

47

2002

3,550

3,737

4,724

199

123

45

2003

3,683

3,894

4,862

206

129

47

2004

3,641

3,826

4,725

200

127

46

2005

3,616

3,767

4,647

193

123

45

2006

3,760

3,927

4,814

196

126

47

1 Data are for registrations of death in each calendar year.