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Arthritis

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) over 40 years died from rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority. (205058)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) over 40 years died from rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority. (205058)

There are too few deaths from rheumatoid arthritis in persons aged under 40 to show in a table with all the breakdowns requested. Also, the definition of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis applies strictly to children aged under 16. Therefore, the tables attached provide the number of deaths in England and Wales by sex from the juvenile form of arthritis in children aged under 16, and from rheumatoid arthritis in persons aged 16 and over by age group (Table 1), and the total number of deaths from rheumatoid arthritis by local authority (Table 2), from 1997 to 2006 (the latest year available). A copy of the tables has been placed in the Library of the House of Commons.