HC Deb 18 October 1995 vol 264 cc279-80W
Mrs. Beckett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is held by his Department on excess winter deaths in(a) countries of the European Union and (b) other G7 countries over the last 10 years; what is the average temperature in the relevant four-month period in each of these countries; and if he will set out the information showing excess winter mortality in numerical and percentage terms. [37313]

Mr. Sackville

Information is not available centrally on either excess winter deaths or temperature in other countries. Data on temperature in England and Wales is held by the Meteorological Office and is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.

The table shows excess winter mortality in England and Wales over the last 10 years.

Excess winter mortality, England and Wales
Period Excess winter deaths Percentage
1984–85 42,278 26.5
1985–86 49,446 27.7
1986–87 26,449 14.9
1987–88 33,098 18.4
1988–89 21,235 11.8
1989–90 47,083 26.3
1990–91 37,845 21.5
1991–92 24,845 19.9
1992–93 25,656 14.5
1993–94 25,890 14.2

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