Children With Heart Defects

Treasury written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence was of children born with heart defects in each year since 2000.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tim Loughton, dated 4 February 2004

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the incidence of children born with heart defects in each year since 2000. (152548)

The figures for 2000 and 2001 (the latest year available) are shown in the table below.

Number of children born in England and Wales with heart defects(7), and rate of occurrence: 2000 and 2001
Year Number Rate(8)
2000 1,250 20.6
2001 1,069 17.9

(7) Heart defects was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision codes 145,6,147.1.

(8) Rate per 10,000 live and stillbirths.


Health Statistics Quarterly no. 16: Annual update—Congenital anomaly statistics, notifications 2001 England and Wales.

Congenital Anomaly statistics for 2002 are scheduled for publication in April 2004.

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