HC Deb 06 November 2001 vol 374 cc206-7W
Mr. Michael Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the infant mortality rate in Worcester was in each year since 1992.[10405]

Ruth Kelly

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Michael Foster, dated 6 November 2001: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about the infant mortality rate in Worcester in each year since 1992(10405). The information requested is provided in the attached table. The rates for Worcester county district (which are calculated from fewer than 20 deaths) may be unreliable due to the small number of events and should be treated cautiously. Any variation they show over time, or difference from National or county or health authority rates are likely to be due to chance.

Infant mortality numbers and rates for Worcester CD, 1992–2000
Calendar Year Number 1Rate
1992 11 8.7
1993 9 7.1
1994 8 6.6
1995 13 10.2
1996 10 8.0
1997 8 6.1
1998 8 6.3
1999 10 7.7
20002 9 7.4
1 Per 1,000 live births
2 Provisional

Source: 1992–94 and 2000 unpublished 1995–99 figures are published in the National Statistics publication 'Key Population and Vital Statistics', series VS Nos 22–26

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