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Birth Rate

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in England in each year since 1979. (250775)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2009:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your request for information on how many births there were in England in each year since 1979. I am replying in her absence. (250775)

Birth statistics for England and Wales are published according to the area of usual residence of the mother. The attached table shows the number of live births for the years 1979 to 2007 (the latest year available) to mothers who were usually resident in England.

Live births to mothers usually resident in England1,1979 to 2007

Live births

1979

601,316

1980

618,371

1981

598,163

1982

589,711

1983

593,255

1984

600,573

1985

619,301

1986

623,609

1987

643,330

1988

654,363

1989

649,357

1990

666,920

1991

660,806

1992

651,784

1993

636,473

1994

628,956

1995

613,257

1996

614,184

1997

608,202

1998

602,111

1999

589,468

2000

572,826

2001

563.744

2002

565,709

2003

589,851

2004

607,184

2005

613,028

2006

635,748

2007

655,357

1 Refers to births taking place in England and Wales to mothers who are usually resident in England.