§ Mr. Hilary Benn
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the average death rates allowing for age and sex standardisation for(a) all causes, (b) coronary 524W heart disease, (c) stroke and (d) cancer for each ward in Leeds, Central parliamentary constituency and for the City of Leeds as a whole. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Hilary Benn, dated 6 March 2000:The Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been asked to reply to your recent question on death rates in Leeds. I am replying in Dr. Holt's absence.The attached table shows indirectly standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) for all causes of death, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer, for each ward (as constituted at the time of the 1991 Census) that lies wholly in Leeds Central parliamentary constituency, in the years 1991–1993, based on populations from the 1991 Census. Comparable figures are also provided for Leeds metropolitan county district (based on 1991 boundaries).We have provided indirectly standardised ratios rather than European standardised rates as the latter do not incorporate sex standardisation and are likely to be less accurate for small numbers of deaths by cause in each ward.An SMR is defined as the ratio of the observed deaths in a given population over the expected deaths in that population if it experienced the age-specific death rates of a standard population (in this case the United Kingdom). The SMR for the UK is 100. Values greater than 100 indicate higher than average mortality and values lower than 100 indicate lower than average mortality.
Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) by ward and cause of
death 1, 1991–1993 Wards in Leeds Central Parliamentary
Constituency, and Leeds MCD
Standardised Mortality Ratio (SMR) Wardcode All-causes Coronary Heart Disease Stroke Cancer Wards in Leeds Central Beeston DAFD 94 105 65 100 City and Holbeck DAFH 116 124 91 110 Hunslet DAFQ 118 117 126 113 Richmond Hill DAGB 110 126 69 119 University DAGF 125 109 123 123 Leeds metropolitan county district 100 103 89 103 1 Cause of death is based on the underlying cause, using the following codes from the International Clasification of lDeseases, Ninth Revision Coronary Heart Disease: 410–414 Stroke: 430–438 Cancer: 140–208