Birth by parents' age, marital status and socio-economic status. Includes number of children previously born to the mother and birth registration type.

Publications

Data

  • Births by parents’ characteristics

    Annual live births in England and Wales by age of mother and father, type of registration, median interval between births, number of previous live-born children and National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC). The associated publication that uses the 2017 data has been combined with the publication for the Birth characteristics in England and Wales 2017 release.

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Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.