Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Country
Presents data on birth registrations in England and Wales by characteristics of the mother. This package contains birth statistics by age of mother, type of registration (within marriage, joint, sole), and mean age of mother by birth order.
Before 2008, tables for England and Wales were published as part of annual publication Birth statistics, England and Wales (Series FM1). The data years available include 1998 - 2007. There is a lookup table (44.1 Kb Pdf) to show how the current birth tables relate to former Series FM1 tables.
For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births metadata (339.1 Kb Pdf) and Quality and Methodology Information for Births Statistics (139.5 Kb Pdf) .
There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in fertility to be analysed at the local level. Fertility rates for 2002-2010 in this tool need to be recalculated using revised population estimates which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated in winter 2013/14, rates for the latest data years will also be added.
The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual births data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.