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House of Commons Hansard
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23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths of (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) over 40 years in each local authority area were attributed to rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997. [323127]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, 1 have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths of (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) over 40 years in each local authority area were attributed to rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997. (323127)

The tables provide the number of deaths where rheumatoid arthritis was the underlying cause of death for (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10 to 16, (ii) 17 to 24, (iii) 25 to 30, (iv) 31 to 35, (v) 36 to 40 and (vi) 41 years and over, in England and Wales (Table 1); and where rheumatoid arthritis was the underlying cause of death for each local authority (Table 2), for the years 1997 to 2008 (the latest year available). A copy of the latter table has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

The number of deaths with an underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis in each local authority, broken down by sex and age group, is extremely small. Consequently this level of detail has not been provided, in line with ONS policy on protecting confidentiality within birth and death statistics1.

1 The ONS policy on protecting confidentiality within birth and death statistics is available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/ConfidentialityBirth&Death.pdf

Table 1. Number of deaths where rheumatoid arthritis was the underlying cause of death1, by sex and age group, in England and Wales2,1997-20083

Deaths (persons aged 10 and over)

Sex

Age

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

200S

2006

2007

2008

Males

10-16

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17-24

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25-30

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

31-35

0

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

36-40

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

41 and over

169

141

136

149

240

208

203

195

176

176

181

181

Females

10-16

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

17-24

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

25-30

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

31-35

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

36-40

0

1

1

1

2

2

0

1

0

1

1

0

41 and over

628

632

558

523

733

749

703

603

656

565

552

569

1 Cause of death for rheumatoid arthritis was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 714.0-714.9 and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes M05.0-M06.9, M08.0, M08.2, M08.3 and M08.9. The introduction of ICD-10 in 2001 means that the numbers of deaths from this cause before 2001 are not completely comparable with later years.

2 Deaths in England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.