Suicides (Lancashire)

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people committed suicide in Lancashire in 2003–04.

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. Lindsay Hoyle, dated 22 February 2005

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people committed suicide in Lancashire in 2003–2004. (216895)

The latest year for which figures are available is 2003. In that year there were 104 suicides 1 of usual residents of Lancashire. 2

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 (intentional self-harm) and Y10-Y34 (event of undetermined intent) excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending.

2 The figure provided relates to the current county of Lancashire. This excludes the unitary authorities of Blackburn and Darwen, and Blackpool, created in 1998, which were part of the former county. The figure is the number of suicides of those who normally lived in Lancashire, rather than the number of these deaths which occurred within the county.

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