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Key statistics for population, births, deaths and migration in 1996 ...
Key statistics for population, births, deaths and migration in 1996

for both local government and health authority areas of England and

Wales are published today* by the Office for National Statistics

(ONS), in a single comprehensive volume. Some statistics for

Government Office Regions in 1996 include:

- The resident population of England and Wales was 52 million,

compared with 51.8 million in 1995. The South East was the most

populous, with 7.9 million people, while Merseyside was the least

populous, with 1.4 million.

- The South West had the highest estimated net inflow of population

(32 thousand), while the North West and Merseyside was estimated to

have experienced the largest net loss due to migration (-10.5


- Allowing for the age structure of the population, the West Midlands

and Wales had the highest fertility rate (1.82 births per woman). For

death rates, Merseyside and the North East had the highest death

rates and the South West the lowest.

- Merseyside has the highest proportion of births outside marriage

(49.9 per cent) and the South East lowest (30.1 per cent).

- Key population and vital statistics 1996: local and health

authority areas Series VS no. 23 PP1 no.19 The Stationery Office

£30. N 011 621046 X


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ONS releases, are available from the press office.

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or must be the subject of a commercial agreement that includes such


3. The Office for National Statistics works in partnership with

others in the Government Statistical Service to provide parliament,

government and the wider community with the statistical information,

analysis and advice needed to improve decision making, stimulate

research and inform debate. It also administers the registration of

key life events. It aims to provide an authoritative and impartial

picture of society and a window on the work and performance of

government, allowing the impact of government policies and actions to

be assessed.

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