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Death: Weather

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Vale of York constituency in each year since 1997. (237110)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many excess deaths from cold weather there were in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) Vale of York constituency in each year since 1997. (237110)

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 (a) North Yorkshire county, and (b) Vale of York parliamentary constituency, 1997/98 to 2005/06 (the latest available).

Table 1: Excess winter deaths1, 2, North Yorkshire county and Vale of York parliamentary constituency3,1997-98 to 2005-06

Deaths (persons)

Winter

North Yorkshire

Vale of York

1997-98

350

90

1998-99

500

100

1999-00

580

80

2000-01

330

60

2001-02

330

30

2002-03

200

40

2003-04

350

40

2004-05

280

30

2005-06

300

10

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.

3 Based on boundaries as of 2008.