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Life Expectancy

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the life expectancy of (a) women and (b) men in England in each of the last 10 years. (284747)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the life expectancy of (a) women and (b) men in England in each of the last 10 years. (284747)

Life expectancy figures are calculated as three year rolling averages. The table below provides the period life expectancy at birth for (a) women and (b) men in England, for 1996-98 to 2005-07 (the latest figures available).

Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth1, England, 1996-98 to 2005-072

Years of life

Females

Males

1996-98

80

75

1997-99

80

75

1998-2000

80

75

1999-2001

80

76

2000-02

81

76

2001-03

81

76

2002-04

81

77

2003-05

81

77

2004-06

82

77

2005-07

82

78

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 die area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.

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