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Patrick Mercer (Newark, Conservative)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) how many deaths there were with a date of death between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008 for which the time between date of death and date of death-registration exceeded 365 days, broken down by the cause of death with respect to (a) ICD-10 chapter and (b) short-listed ICD 10-code grouping, as defined by the Office for National Statistics;

(2) how many deaths there were with a date of death between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008 for which the time between date of death and date of death-registration exceeded 730 days, broken down by underlying cause of death with respect to (a) ICD-10 chapter and (b) short-listed ICD 10-code grouping, as defined by the Office for National Statistics;

(3) how many deaths were registered in England and Wales with date of death between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008, for which the time between the date of death and the date of death-registration was longer than (a) 91 days, (b) 183 days, (c) 365 days and (d) 730 days.

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Nick Hurd (The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Conservative)

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 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions.

Tables 1 and 2 provide the number of deaths by ICD-10 Chapter where the time between date of death and date of death registration was greater than 365 days and 730 days, respectively, for England and Wales for deaths occurring between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008.

Table 3 provides the number of deaths where the time between date of death and date of death registration was longer than (a) 91 days, (b) 183 days, (c) 365 days and (d) 730 days in England and Wales for deaths occurring between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008.

Figures for the number of deaths where the delay between death and registration exceeded 365 days or 730 days, broken down by short-listed ICD-10 grouping are not currently available and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. ONS will publish these figures alongside the annual Death Registrations publication in the Autumn.

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales each year by sex, age, cause, marital status and place of death are published annually and are available here:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm%3A77-27475

Table 1. Number of deaths for which the time between registration and date of death is greater than 365 days, by ICD-10 chapter, underlying cause of death, England and Wales , 2005- 08 (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Deaths
Chapter I Certain infectious and parasitic diseases 118
Chapter II Neoplasms 819
Chapter III Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism 20
Chapter IV Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 134
Chapter V Mental and behavioural disorders 372
Chapter VI Diseases of the nervous system 212
Chapter VIII Diseases of the ear and mastoid process 2
Chapter IX Diseases of the circulatory system 991
Chapter X Diseases of the respiratory system 405
Chapter XI Diseases of the digestive system 475
Chapter XII Diseases of the skin and subcutanaeous tissue 35
Chapter XIII Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 162
Chapter XIV Diseases of the genitourinary system 82
Chapter XV Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium 31
Chapter XVI Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 13
Chapter XVII Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 66
Chapter XVIII Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified 422
Chapter XX External causes of morbidity and mortality 6,188
None Neonatal deaths 158
Total   10,705
(1) Figures are for deaths occurring between 2005 and 2008 and include deaths of non-residents. (2) No underlying cause of death can be determined from the death certificate used to register neonatal deaths (deaths under 28 days). (3) Deaths can only be registered once an inquest has taken place. If the inquest is adjourned the death may be registered and a temporary code for underlying cause of death may be given. Deaths given temporary codes are included in Chapter XX. (4) The date of death is not available for 54 deaths. These have been excluded from this table. Source: Office for National Statistics
Table 2. Number of deaths for which the time between registration and date of death is greater than 730 days, by ICD-10 chapter, underlying cause of death, England and Wales, 20 05- 08 (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Deaths
Chapter I Certain infectious and parasitic diseases 38
Chapter II Neoplasms 117
Chapter III Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism 4
Chapter IV Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 38
Chapter V Mental and behavioural disorders 62
Chapter VI Diseases of the nervous system 48
Chapter VIII Diseases of the ear and mastoid process 1
Chapter IX Diseases of the circulatory system 183
Chapter X Diseases of the respiratory system 67
Chapter XI Diseases of the digestive system 82
Chapter XII Diseases of the skin and subcutanaeous tissue 8
Chapter XIII Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 23
Chapter XIV Diseases of the genitourinary system 13
Chapter XV Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium 8
Chapter XVI Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 3
Chapter XVII Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 9
Chapter XVIII Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified 69
Chapter XX External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,159
None Neonatal deaths 40
Total   1,972
(1) Figures are for deaths occurring between 2005 and 2008 and include deaths of non-residents. (2) No underlying cause of death can be determined from the death certificate used to register neonatal deaths (deaths under 28 days). (3) Deaths can only be registered once an inquest has taken place. If the inquest is adjourned the death may be registered and a temporary code for underlying cause of death may be given. Deaths given temporary codes are included in Chapter XX. (4) The date of death is not available for 54 deaths. These have been excluded from this table. Source: Office for National Statistics
Table 3. Number of deaths for which the time between registration and date of death is greater than (a) 91 days, (b) 183 days, (c) 365 days and (d) 730 days, England and Wales, 2005-08 (1, 2)
Waiting time Deaths
Over 91 days 83,354
Over 183 days 41,600
Over 365 days 10,705
Over 730 days 1,972
(1) Figures are for deaths occurring between 2005 and 2008 and include deaths of non-residents. (2) The date of death is not available for 54 deaths. These have been excluded from this table. Source: Office for National Statistics

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