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First statistics on births and deaths in 1996 in England and Wales ...
First statistics on births and deaths in 1996 in England and Wales

are released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

These show that in 1996:

-- There were 649,485 live births. This compares with 648,138 in

1995, an increase of 0.2 per cent.

-- The total period fertility rate remained at 1.72 children per

woman. It indicates the average number of children which would

be born per woman if a group of women were to experience the

age-specific fertility rates of the calendar year in question

throughout their childbearing years.

-- 563,007 deaths were registered. This compares with 565,902 deaths

registered in 1995, a decrease of 0.5 per cent.

-- The provisional crude death rate (based on the mid-1995 population

estimates) was 10.9 per thousand population, the same as in 1995.

*The infant mortality remained at 6.1 deaths per thousand live


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