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Assumptions about future birth rates are made as part of the national population projections. Birth rate assumptions for females are shown in Table 2, by single year of age for those aged 16 to 19 and for those aged 15 and under. Figures are for each year, from mid-2004 to mid-2005 (the first year of the projection), and for the next 20 years.
|Table 2: Assumed mid-year to mid-year birth rates per 1,000 females at each age under 20, United Kingdom, 2004-05 to 2026-27|
|19||18||17||16||15 and under|
As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking if the Office for National Statistics will include a question identifying sexuality in the next Census. (75967)
There are concerns about the quality and usefulness of the data that can be collected with a self-completion questionnaire such as is used in the Census. ONS recognise the strong user demand for information on sexual orientation and the need for information to be collected however.
Confirmation of the questions that are to be included in the 2011 Census will follow the consultation and testing programme, and formal approval is given by Parliament in 2010. A White Paper setting out the Government's proposals is scheduled to be published in autumn 2008.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths resulted from the use of crack cocaine in each of the last five years, broken down by age. (75565)
Available figures relate to deaths where the underlying cause was drug poisoning, not the total number where use of crack cocaine was a contributory factor. ONS routinely carries out special monitoring of deaths from drug-related poisoning and publishes a combined figure for deaths mentioning cocaine on the death certificate. It is not possible to provide separate figures on deaths related to crack cocaine and cocaine from routine mortality data, as it is not possible to separately identify crack cocaine from other forms of cocaine at post mortem and other evidence to distinguish the form of cocaine taken is rarely provided at death certification.
The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The following table shows the number of deaths where the underlying cause of death was drug-related poisoning and
cocaine was mentioned on the death certificate in England and Wales for the calendar years 2000 to 2004.
|Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning( 1) where cocaine was mentioned on group, England and Wales, 2000 to 2004( 2)|
|(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 292, 304, 305.2-305.9, E850-E858, E950.0-E950.5, E962.0 and E980.0-E980.5 for the year 2000, and the Tenth Revision (1CD-10) codes F11-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-Y14from 2001 onwards.|
(2) Data are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.
Office for National Statistics
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families there were in each region in
England and Wales with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children, (f) six to eight children, (g) eight to 10 children and (h) more than 10 children in each year since 1997. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for how many families there were in each region in England and Wales with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children, (f) six to eight children, (g) eight to 10 children and (h) more than 10 children in each year since 1997. (75627)
Reliable estimates of larger families at regional level are only available from the census. The attached table shows the number of families in the 2001 Census by number of dependent children (this excludes children aged over 18 and those who are aged 16-18 who were married or were not in full-time education). As there were few families with more than 10 dependent children (59 in all of England and Wales) these figures cannot be released by region for reasons of confidentiality.
|Families with dependent children: by number of dependent children and region: England and Wales, 2001|
|Families with the following number of dependent children:|
|Region||One||Two||Three||Four||Five||Six or seven||Eight or more||All families with dependent children|
1. A family consists of a couple (married or cohabiting) with or without children, or a lone-parent and their children.
2. A dependent child is a person in a household aged 0 to 15 (whether or not in a family) or a person aged 16 to 18 who is not married and is a full-time student in a family with parent(s).
Census, April 2001, Office for National Statistics
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