§ Mr. George
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in theOfficial Report the latest available standardised mortality ratios for the Walsall Area Health Authority in respect of (a) mortality from all causes, (b) infant mortality, (c) suicides, (d) accidents, (e) bronchitis, (f) lung cancer and (g) tuberculosis.
§ Mr. Deakins
The standardised mortality ratios calculated on provisional 1975 figures for the area of the Walsall Health Authority are as follows (England and Wales —100):
Males Females All causes 112 108 Suicides (ICD 950–959) * * Accidents (ICD E800–949) 69 65 Bronchitis and emphysema (ICD 490–492) 138 138 Cancer of trachea, bronchus and lung (ICD 162) 128 83 Tuberculosis (ICD 10–19) * * * The numbers of deaths in Walsall from suicides (4 males, 8 females) and from tuberculosis (9 males, 1 female) are too small for the calculation of reliable standardised mortality ratios.
The infant mortality rate—deaths under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births) for Walsall is not yet available for 1975. The 1974 rate was 22.2, compared with 16.3 for England and Wales, giving Walsall a ratio of 1.36 to the national figure.