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Life Expectancy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the North East and (ii) the UK; and what the life expectancy of each was in (A) 1997 and (B) 2001. (250057)

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

Letter from Karen Duinnell, dated 28 January 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what recent estimate has been made of the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the North East and (ii) the UK; and what the life expectancy in each was in (A) 1997 and (B) 2001. (250057)

Life expectancy figures are calculated as three year rolling averages. The table attached provides the period life expectancy at birth for (a) males and (b) females for (i) the North Last government office region, and (ii) the United Kingdom, for (A) 1996-98, (B) 2000-02 and (C) 2005-07 (the latest period available).

Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth1, North East government office region and United Kingdom2, 1996-98, 2000-02 and 2005-073

Years of life

Area

Sex

1996-98

2000-02

2005-07

North East

Males

73

75

76

Females

78

79

80

UK

Males

75

76

77

Females

80

80

82

1 Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area's age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.

2 Using boundaries as of 2008 for all the years shown.

3 Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates.