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Suicide: Young People

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people aged 16 years or under have committed suicide in each of the last 10 years. (252666)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people aged 16 or under have committed suicide in each of the last 10 years. (252666)

The table below provides the number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death for people aged 16 years and under, from 1998 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death1, persons aged 16 years and under, England and Wales2, 1998 to 20073

Number

1998

39

1999

26

2000

34

2001

23

2002

38

2003

30

2004

29

2005

32

2006

25

2007

39

1 For persons aged 10 to 14 years, the cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 for the years 1998 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 for the years 2001 to 2007. For persons aged 15 years and over, the definition of suicide also includes deaths caused through undetermined intent, defined using the ICD-9 codes E980 -E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1998 to 2000, and the ICD-10 codes Y10-Y34 (excluding where the coroners verdict was pending) for the years 2001 to 2007. Verdicts of suicide are not returned for children under the age of 10 years.

2 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.