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Death: Weather

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in York in each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. (230259)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated October 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in York in each year since 1996-97. I am replying in her absence. (230259)

Estimates of excess winter deaths are based on the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the following four months (April to July). It is not possible to say whether these deaths were related to cold weather. The table attached provides the number of excess winter deaths in York unitary authority for the years 1996/97 to 2005/06 (the latest available).

Table 1: Excess winter deaths1, 2York unitary authority, 1996-97 to 2005-06

Winter

Deaths (persons)

1996-97

120

1997-98

140

1998-99

170

1999-2000

160

2000-01

180

2001-02

140

2002-03

120

2003-04

80

2004-05

100

2005-06

80

1 The estimated number of excess winter deaths is the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding four months (August to November) and the following four months (April to July). Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 to reflect the fact that they are estimates.

2 Data are based on deaths occurring in each month.