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Life Expectancy

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which 100 local authority wards have the (a) highest and (b) lowest (i) male and (ii) female life expectancy. (210022)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 13 June 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking which 100 local authority wards have the (a) highest and (b) lowest (i) male and (ii) female life expectancy. I am replying in her absence. (210022)

The tables attached provide the figures for period life expectancy at birth, for wards with the 100 highest and 100 lowest life expectancies for males (tables 1 and 2) and females (tables 3 and 4), in England and Wales, 1999-2003 (the only period available). Copies have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

These figures are experimental statistics—that is, statistics which are in a testing or consultation phase and are not fully developed—and should therefore be treated with caution. Life expectancies for wards can be based on very small numbers of deaths and small populations. They may therefore be subject to large variations even when aggregated over five years, as shown by the width of the ’95 per cent. confidence interval’ in the tables. The precise ranking of wards may therefore be due partly to chance, as are the extreme results of the wards with the highest female life expectancies.