HC Deb 18 July 1983 vol 46 c32W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give longevity figures of those living in the major industrial states; and what is the assessment of reasons for differences between states.

Mr. John Patten

International statistics of the expectation of life at various ages are published in the United Nations demographic yearbook (latest edition 1981) which is available in the House of Commons Library. The factors which influence the expectation of life are so varied that it is not possible to make a generalised assessment of the reasons for the differences between countries.

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