Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
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
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: Region
No new quarterly data for live births or deaths in the UK has been released this quarter.
The provisional estimated number of conceptions in England and Wales in the first quarter of 2012 was 228,300. This represents a decrease of 2,900 conceptions in comparison with the previous quarter. It also represents a small increase of 1,700 conceptions in comparison to the same quarter in 2011. This is in line with the general rise in the number of conceptions in recent years.
The drop in the number of conceptions in England and Wales for the first quarter of 2012 occurred in the following age groups under 20, 20-24, 25-29 and 30-34 years.
The conception rate for England and Wales increased slightly from 81.9 conceptions per thousand women in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 82.5 per thousand women in the first quarter of 2012.
The rise in the conception rate for England and Wales for the first quarter of 2012 occurred in all age groups with the exception of women aged 20-24 and 25-29 years.
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 (2.72 Mb Pdf) and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (189.1 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births Metadata (339.1 Kb Pdf) and Births Quality and Methodology Information report (139.5 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to conception statistics, please see Conceptions Metadata (123.6 Kb Pdf) and Conceptions Quality and Methodology Information report (128.1 Kb Pdf) .
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