§ Lord Vivian
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What information they have about the numbers of young people aged beween 16 and 21 who have taken their own lives in the course of each of the years 1994 to 2002 inclusive. [HL4632]
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from the Director of Economic Statistics, John Kidgell, dated June 2002.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the number of young people aged between 16 to 21 who have taken their own lives in the course of each of the years 1994 to 2002 inclusive. I am replying in his absence. [HL4632]
The most recent information available is for deaths in 2000. Figures for each year from 1994 to 2000 are given in the table below.
Number of deaths from suicide and undetermined whether purposely inflicted or not1 occurring to young people aged 16 to 21 years, England and Wales, 1994 to 2000 Calendar year Number of deaths 1994 289 1995 313 1996 279 1997 331 1998 304 1999 275 2000 286 1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8.