Swimming Pool Accidents

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Labour, Southampton, Test

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fatal accidents have occurred to (a) adults and (b) children in domestic swimming pools in each of the last five years.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Alan Whitehead, 22 February 2005

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning how many fatal accidents have occurred to (a) adults and (b) children in domestic swimming pools in each of the last five years. (216789)

The most recently available information is for deaths in 2003. Figures for deaths due to accidental drowning in adults and children are shown in the table below for each year from 2001 to 2003. Although accidental drowning deaths are available for years prior to 2001 it is not possible to say if these deaths occurred in domestic swimming pools.

Number of deaths from accidental drowning in domestic swimming pools(14)in (a) adults aged 16 and over, and (b) children aged under 16, England and Wales, 2001 to 2003(15)
Number of deaths in Year
(a) Adults (b) Children
2001 0 0
2002 2 1
2003 1 2

(14)Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes W67.0 and W68.0.

(15)Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.

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