Death: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 20th May 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the 10 most frequent causes of death amongst 15 to 30-year-olds were in each of the last 30 years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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

Letter from Glen Watson

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the top ten causes of death amongst 15 to 30 year olds in each year were in each of the last 30 years.

Table 1 provides the number of deaths for the top 10 causes of death amongst 15 to 30-year-olds in England and Wales for deaths registered between 2001 and 2011 (the latest year available). A copy of Table 1 has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Individual causes of death are coded by ONS using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The causes of death shown in the table are groups of codes designed for the tabulation of deaths according to 'main' causes. Equivalent information is not readily available for years before 2001, when an earlier version of the International Classification of Diseases was in use.

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales each year, by sex, age group and underlying cause is published annually on the ONS website. This publication also includes data showing the leading causes of death for males and females of all ages:

www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/mortality-statistics--deaths-registered-in-england-and-wales--series-dr-/index.html

A copy of the table will be stored in the Library of the House.

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