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2016 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2016 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2016 improvements to the statistical information available, on this web site, about births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths

This note describes the main improvements, made in 2016, to the statistical information about ‘Vital Events’ (this is births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths) which is available on this web site (and also on the statistics.gov.scot web site). It does not mention a number of ‘minor’ improvements.

Full lists of babies’ first names (published 15 March 2016)

  • Table 6 was added. This shows, for each sex and each council area, all the first forenames that were given to three or more babies of that sex in that area.

Most Common Surnames (published 15 March 2016)

The information that is available was expanded, with the publication of:

  • a summary table, showing the Top Twenty surnames in 1975 and every fifth year thereafter; and
  • a note on the main points on the most common surnames, including some of the changes in the top surnames over the years since 1975 and 2000. 

Probable Suicides (published 10 August 2016)

The following were added:

  • Table 2b – Deaths for which the underlying cause was classed as ‘intentional self-harm’ or ‘event of undetermined intent’ by nature of death and by method: registered in Scotland, 1974 to 2015; and
  • Chart 2 - Deaths for which the underlying cause was classed as ‘intentional self-harm’ or ‘event of undetermined intent’ registered in Scotland, 1974 to 2015. 

Time Series Tables (published 10 August 2016)

The following new tables were added:

  • MT.4 - Marriages in Scotland, by where the parties were resident (in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK, or outwith the UK), 1974 to 2015 – numbers and percentages of all marriages in Scotland; and
  • MT.5 - Marriages at Gretna, by where the parties were resident (in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK, or outwith the UK), 1974 to 2015 – numbers and percentages of all marriages in Scotland. 

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2015 (published 17 August 2016)

  • Table X and Figure 4 were expanded, to show the numbers of drug-related deaths on the basis of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) / ‘wide’ definition, for 1979 to 1995, inclusive, and to show the numbers of drug-related deaths, on all three bases, per million population.

Winter Mortality in Scotland 2015/16 (published 18 October 2016)

  • Table 1 was expanded to show the seasonal increase in mortality per 1,000 population for the relevant age-groups; and
  • a new Table 8 was added, to show the main underlying causes of death which contribute to the seasonal increase in mortality.

Quarterly Births, Deaths and other Vital Events (published, for Quarter 2, on 14 September 2016, and, for Quarter 3, on 14 December 2016)

  • Age breakdowns were extended to cover the 90+ age group (previously 85+ was the highest age category) for the Quarter 2 publication onwards; and
  • Two new causes of death – Dementia (ICD-10 codes F01 and F03) and Alzheimer’s Disease (ICD-10 code G30) were added from Quarter 3 onwards. 

Infographics and data visualisations

‘Infographics’ (these are visual representations of data) and ‘data visualisations’ (these are interactive charts) on the topics listed below were added to the Infographics and Visualisations page of this website:

Background information

Material on the topics listed below was added to the website:

  • The availability (or not) of the numbers of drug-related deaths for 1995 and earlier years – made available, via a link from the ‘home’ page for the ‘Drug-related Deaths’ publications, on 15 March 2016.
  • Probable Suicides and Accidental Deaths: how the statistics may have been affected by changes in the views of Procurators Fiscal on the nature of deaths – made available, via links from the ‘Main Points’ pages for the ‘Probable Suicides’ and ‘Accidental Deaths’ web sections, on 10 August 2016.