Death: Weather

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Iain McKenzie Iain McKenzie Labour, Inverclyde

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) how many pensioners in Scotland who died in 2012-13 were classified as excess winter deaths;

(2) how many excess winter deaths there were in Scotland in winter 2012-13.

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 Peter Fullerton, dated September 2013

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent questions.

Excess winter deaths for Scotland are published annually by the National Records of Scotland as part of the annual 'Winter Mortality' publication which is available to download from the General Register Office for Scotland's website:

The latest available figures are for winter 2011-12. An estimate of excess winter mortality for pensioners is not available; however there were an estimated 1,190 excess winter deaths among people aged 65 an over in Scotland in 2011-12. There were an estimated 1,420 excess winter deaths among people of all ages in Scotland in 2011-12.

Information about winter mortality in Scotland for 2012-13 will be published at the end of October.

Figures for excess winter mortality in England and Wales are published annually on the ONS website. The latest statistical bulletin includes figures for winter 2011-12:

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