§ Mr. George Osborne:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births were registered for (a) 1 September 2002 and (b) 31 August 2002. 
§ Ruth Kelly:
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. George Osborne, dated 3 December 2003:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of births registered for (a)1 September 2002 and (b) 31 August 2002.
In England and Wales, 1,460 livebirths and 14 stillbirths occurred on 31 August 2002; on 1 September 1,349 livebirths and 15 stillbirths occurred.