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Death: Weather

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many excess winter deaths occurred in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. (257087)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many excess winter deaths occurred in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. (257087)

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). The table attached provides the number of excess winter deaths that occurred in (a) Eastbourne local authority district and (b) East Sussex county for the years 1997/98 to 2006/07 (the latest figures available).

Table 1: Excess winter deaths,1 Eastbourne local authority district and East Sussex county,2 1997-98 to 2006-073

Deaths (persons)

Winter

Eastbourne

East Sussex

1997-98

80

260

1998-99

90

410

1999-2000

180

740

2000-01

40

320

2001-02

70

300

2002-03

90

220

2003-04

80

480

2004-05

100

360

2005-06

70

480

2006-07

70

250

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.

2 Based on boundaries as of 2008.

3 Figures are based on deaths occurring in each month.