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Release: Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables, Spring 2013 Update

Released: 26 February 2013

Contact

Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Causes of Death, Conception and Fertility Rates, Live Births and Stillbirths, Mortality Rates, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Conceptions, Live Births, Death Registrations, Population

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in the UK in the third quarter of 2012 was 129,600. This represents a decrease of 10,200 deaths in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of deaths in Q3 has tended to be lower than Q2 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 1,300 deaths in comparison to the same quarter in 2011.

  • The crude death rate for the UK decreased slightly from 8.9 deaths per thousand population in the second quarter of 2012 to 8.2 per thousand population in the third quarter of 2012.

  • The provisional number of live births in the UK in the third quarter of 2012 was 207,700. This represents an increase of 6,700 births in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of births in Q3 has tended to be higher than Q2 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 100 births in comparison to the same quarter in 2011.

  • The crude birth rate for the UK increased slightly from 12.7 births per thousand population in the second quarter of 2012 to 13.1 per thousand population in the third quarter of 2012.

  • The provisional estimated number of conceptions in England and Wales in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 231,200.This represents an increase of 5,100 conceptions in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of conceptions in Q4 has tended to be higher than Q3 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 300 conceptions in comparison to the same quarter in 2010. This is in line with the overall increasing number of conceptions in recent years.

  • The rise in the number of conceptions in England and Wales for the fourth quarter of 2011 occurred in all age groups with the exception of women aged under 16, under 18 and 35-39 years.

  • The conception rate for England and Wales increased slightly from 79.6 conceptions per thousand women in the third quarter of 2011 to 81.9 per thousand women in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • The rise in the conception rate for England and Wales for the fourth quarter of 2011 occurred in all age groups with the exception of the under 16's.

These tables provide annual data for a selection of key statistics under the following themes: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions. Figures for the latest years may be provisional, these will be updated to final figures when data is available. Commentary on trends in annual birth and death statistics can be found in the Birth summary tables and Death registrations summary tables. Commentary on trends in annual conception statistics can be found in Conception statistics.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality Metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (382.3 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births Metadata (412.8 Kb Pdf) and Births Quality and Methodology Information report (258.6 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to conception statistics, please see Conceptions Metadata (143.5 Kb Pdf) and Conceptions Quality and Methodology Information report (131.5 Kb Pdf) .

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