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Suicide

Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

For each local authority area, (a) how many people under the age of 25 committed suicide in the last year for which figures are available; and (b) what percentage that represented of the total population under the age of 25. [HL2030]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Registrar General, to Lord Roberts of Llandudno, dated 3 March 2008.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Question asking for each local authority area, (a) how many people under the age of 25 committed suicide in the last year for which figures are available; and (b) what percentage that represented of the total population under the age of 25. (HL2030)

The table attached provides the number of deaths of persons under the age of 25 where suicide was the underlying cause of death, for each local authority in England and Wales, in 2006 (the latest year available). A copy has been placed in the House of Lords Library.

These figures represent less than 0.033 per cent (around one in 3,000) of the population aged between 10 and 25 years, in all local authorities. Deaths under the age of 10 are not recorded as suicides.