HC Deb 28 October 1998 vol 318 cc176-7W
Mr. Cotter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have died at rave events in the last five years; and how many of those deaths were as a direct result of attending the event. [56905]

Ms Hewitt

I have been asked to reply.

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 Cotter, dated 28 October 1998: As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary question on deaths at rave events. Data on the number of deaths that take place at specific venues, such as raves, are not routinely collected at death registration. However, in some cases the coroner may mention on the death certificate that a death occurred at a rave. The number of deaths where the term 'rave' was mentioned on the death certificate is given in the table below for 1994–97. Equivalent data for deaths which occurred prior to 1994 could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

Number of deaths in England and Wales known to be associated with raves, 1994–97
Year Number of deaths
1994 1
1995 1
1996 1
1997 2