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Life Expectancy

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 10 (a) local authorities and (b) local authority wards with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest life expectancies in the United Kingdom for (A) the latest year for which information is available and (B) 1996-97. [121846]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 February 2007:


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Table 1: Local authorities with the highest and lowest period life expectancy at birth( 1, 2) United Kingdom, 2003-05( 3)
Years of life
Male Female
Rank order Local authority Life expectancy 95 per cent. confidence interval( 4) Local authority Life expectancy 95 per cent. confidence interval( 4)

Highest life expectancy

1

Kensington and Chelsea

82.2

(81.6-82.8)

Kensington and Chelsea

86.2

(85.6-86.7)

2

East Dorset

80.9

(80.1-81.6)

Epsom and Ewell

84.5

(83.9-85.2)

3

Hart

80.2

(79.5-80.8)

East Dorset

84.1

(83.5-84.8)

4

Uttlesford

80.0

(79.3-80.8)

South Cambridgeshire

83.9

(83.4-84.5)

5

Wokingham

80.0

(79.5-80.5)

Rutland

83.8

(82.8-84.8)

6

South Norfolk

80.0

(79.4-80.6)

Purbeck

83.7

(82.8-84.6)

7

Chiltern

80.0

(79.3-80.7)

Guildford

83.6

(83.1-84.2)

8

Horsham

79.9

(79.3-80.4)

New Forest

83.6

(83.1-84.0)

9

Brentwood

79.8

(79.0-80.6)

North Dorset

83.5

(82.7-84.2)

10

Crawley

79.8

(79.0-80.5)

Horsham

83.4

(82.9-84.0)

Lowest life expectancy

423

Clackmannanshire

73.2

(72.1-74.3)

Manchester

78.3

(77.9-78.7)

424

Blackpool

73.2

(72.5-73.8)

Hartlepool

78.3

(77.6-79.0)

425

Dundee City

73.0

(72.3-73.6)

Halton

78.3

(77.7-78.8)

426

North Lanarkshire

72.7

(72.3-73.1)

Renfrewshire

78.2

(77.7-78.7)

427

Renfrewshire

72.6

(72.1-73.2)

Liverpool

78.1

(77.8-78.4)

428

Manchester

72.5

(72.1-72.8)

East Ayrshire

78.0

(77.4-78.5)

429

Comhairle nan Eilean siar

72.1

(70.6-73.5)

Inverclyde

77.9

(77.1-78.6)

430

Inverclyde

71.1

(70.2-71.9)

North Lanarkshire

77.6

(77.3-78.0)

431

West Dunbartonshire

71.0

(70.1-71.8)

West Dunbartonshire

77.5

(76.9-78.2)

432

Glasgow City

69.9

(69.7-70.2)

Glasgow City

76.7

(76.4-77.0)

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area’s age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.
(2) Using local authority boundaries as of 2005.
(3) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates.
(4) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.

Table 2: Local authorities with the highest and lowest period life expectancy at birth( 1, 2) United Kingdom, 1995-97( 3)
Years of life
Male Female
Rank order Local authority Life expectancy 95 per cent. confidence interval( 4) Local authority Life expectancy 95 per cent. confidence interval( 4)

Highest life expectancy

1

Chiltern

78.2

(77.5-78.9)

East Dorset

83.2

(82.5-83.9)

2

Wokingham

77.8

(77.3-78.3)

East Devon

82.5

(82.0-83.0)

3

East Dorset

77.8

(77.1-78.6)

Epsom and Ewell

82.3

(81.5-83.0)

4

Ryedale

77.8

(76.9-78.7)

Three Rivers

82.2

(81.5-82.9)

5

South Oxfordshire

77.6

(77.0-78.2)

Christchurch

82.1

(81.1-83.1)

6

South Norfolk

77.5

(76.8-78.1)

North Dorset

81.9

(81.1-82.8)

7

Vale of the White Horse

77.5

(76.9-78.1)

Chelmsford

81.9

(81.4-82.4)

8

Fareham

77.4

(76.8-78.0)

Guildford

81.9

(81.3-82.4)

9

West Somerset

77.4

(76.2-78.5)

West Somerset

81.8

(80.6-82.9)

10

Guildford

77.3

(76.7-77.9)

Horsham

81.8

(81.2-82.3)

Lowest life expectancy

423

Knowsley

71.5

(71.0-72.1)

Easington

77.1

(76.5-77.8)

424

Tower Hamlets

71.3

(70.7-71.8)

West Lothian

77.1

(76.5-77.6)

425

Merthyr Tydfil

71.2

(70.2-72.1)

Halton

77.0

(76.4-77.7)

426

Liverpool

71.2

(70.9-71.5)

Liverpool

76.9

(76.6-7.2)

427

North Lanarkshire

71.1

(70.7-71.5)

Manchester

76.9

(76.5-77.2)

428

Comhairle nan Eilean siar

70.4

(69.0-71.8)

Inverclyde

76.7

(76.0-77.4)

429

Manchester

70.1

(69.8-70.5)

Merthyr Tydfil

76.6

(75.8-77.5)

430

West Dunbartonshire

69.3

(68.5-70.1)

West Dunbartonshire

76.4

(75.7-77.1)

431

Inverclyde

69.2

(68.5-69.9)

North Lanarkshire

76.2

(75.9-76.6 )

432

Glasgow City

68.2

(67.9-68.5)

Glasgow City

75.4

(75.1-75.7 )

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area’s age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.
(2) Using local authority boundaries as of 2005.
(3) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates.
(4) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.

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