§ Mr. Jenkins
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department collects data on the number of young people who have died from cardiac disease; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 29 October 1998]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Brian Jenkins, dated 2 November 1998:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question on the number of young people who have died from cardiac disease.The ONS collects data on all deaths registered in England and Wales and these are published annually by cause, quinary age-group and sex in the ONS publication "Mortality statistics: Cause, England and Wales" Series DH2, copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library.The ONS does not have a standard definition of what constitutes a "young" person. However, in 1997, the latest year for which figures are available, 316 people aged under 30 died from diseases of the heart.