§ Mr. Wray
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the present figures for male and female life expectancy in Scotland as a whole and for Greater Glasgow in particular; and how these figures compare with those for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and what equivalent information he has for France, the German Democratic Republic, the Federal German Republic, Italy, Spain, the Soviet Union and the United States of America.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The information available is as follows:
Male and female life expectancy at birth Male Female Scotland1 70.0 76.0 Greater Glasgow1 68.7 75.2 England N/A N/A Wales2 71.1 77.1 England and Wales2 71.8 77.7 Northern Ireland2 70.1 76.4 France3 71.2 79.4 German Democratic Republic3 69.1 75.1 Federal German Republic3 70.5 77.3 Italy4 71.4 78.0
Male Female Spain5 72.4 78.6 Soviet Union N/A N/A United States of America4 70.6 78.1 1 1984–86 based 2 1983–85 based 3 1980–84 based 4 1980–83 based 5 1980 based N/A not available
Note: These figures may not be strictly comparable, due to different methods of collection and collation and the different years to which they relate.