Childbirth

Treasury written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were in the UK in each year since 1995.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 March 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about how many births there were in the UK in each year since 1995. (126143)

The latest year for which figures are available is 2005, The table below shows the number of live births in the UK each year between 1995 and 2005.

Live births, United Kingdom, 1995 to 2005
Number of live births
1995 731,882
1996 733,163
1997 726,622
1998 716,888
1999 699,976
2000 679,029
2001 669,123
2002 668,777
2003 695,549
2004 715,996
2005 722,549

In compiling total live births for the UK, figures for live births in England and Wales relate to the number occurring in each calendar year, while for Scotland and Northern Ireland figures relate to the number of live births registered in each calendar year.

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