§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were by young people aged 15 to 24 years by sex and by region expressed as(a) percentage figures and (b) total number, ranked in descending order of totals, expressed in percentage terms for the latest year in 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 Mr. Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:365WAs National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the number of suicides by young people aged 15–24 years by sex and by region in (a) percentage figures and (b) total number, ranked in descending order of totals, expressed in percentage terms for the latest year for which figures are available. (30596)
The figures requested are given in the attached tables.
Deaths from suicide1in the age group 15–24, males by Government Office Region, England2, 20003 Number and rate per 100,000 population4 Government Office Region Number of deaths Rate per 100,000 males aged 15–24 West Midlands 53 16.0 East Midlands 40 15.5 NorthWest 64 15.0 SouthWest 39 13.5 East 37 12.0 North East 19 11.4 Yorkshire and the Humber 33 10.1 South East 46 9.8 London 39 7.7
Deaths from suicide1in the age group 15–24, females by Government Office Region, England2, 20003 Number and rate per 100,000 population4 Government Office Region Number of deaths Rate per 100,000 females aged 15–24 South West 14 5.2 South East 22 4.9 West Midlands 13 4.2 North East 6 3.8 North West 15 3.7 East 8 2.8 Yorkshire and the Humber 8 2.6 London 11 2.3 East Midlands 3 1.2 1International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8. 2Residents only. 3Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year. 4To 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