Birth Rate

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 28th January 2009.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births there were in England in each year since 1979.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2009:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your request for information on how many births there were in England in each year since 1979. I am replying in her absence. (250775)

Birth statistics for England and Wales are published according to the area of usual residence of the mother. The attached table shows the number of live births for the years 1979 to 2007 (the latest year available) to mothers who were usually resident in England.

Live births to mothers usually resident in England( 1) ,1979 to 2007
Live births
1979 601,316
1980 618,371
1981 598,163
1982 589,711
1983 593,255
1984 600,573
1985 619,301
1986 623,609
1987 643,330
1988 654,363
1989 649,357
1990 666,920
1991 660,806
1992 651,784
1993 636,473
1994 628,956
1995 613,257
1996 614,184
1997 608,202
1998 602,111
1999 589,468
2000 572,826
2001 563.744
2002 565,709
2003 589,851
2004 607,184
2005 613,028
2006 635,748
2007 655,357
(1) Refers to births taking place in England and Wales to mothers who are usually resident in England.

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