§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many accidental deaths of children there were broken 359W down by region, expressed by (a) the percentage of population and (b) the total number, in descending order for the latest year for which figures are available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question concerning the number of accidental deaths which occurred to children by region by (a) the percentage of the population and (b) the total number, in descending order for the latest year when figures were available. (30603)The figures requested are given in the table below:
Deaths from accidents1, persons aged 0–152by Government Office Region, England3, 20004 Number and rate per 100,000 population5 Government office region Number of deaths Rate per 100,000 population aged 0–15 years Yorkshire and the Humber 45 4.4 West Midlands 41 3.7 East Midlands 30 3.6 NorthWest 51 3.6 South West 30 3.2 North East 15 2.9 London 42 2.8 South East 43 2.6 East 27 2.5 1International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes E800-E949 2Excludes deaths under 28 days 3Residents only 4Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year 5To facilitate comparison between areas the figures are presented as a rate per 100,000 population resident in the area, rather than as a percentage, because of small numbers of events
Office for National Statistics