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2012 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2012 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2012 improvements to the statistical information available, on the National records of Scotland (NRS) web site, about births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships, divorces, dissolutions and deaths

This note describes the main improvements, made in 2012, to the statistical information about ‘vital events’ (births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships, divorces, dissolutions and deaths) which is available on the NRS web site (and also on what was, at the time, the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website). It does not mention a number of ‘minor’ improvements.

Preliminary Annual Figures for 2011 (published 8 March 2012)

  • Table P1 was expanded, and now also provides the number of adoptions for each year, including a historical series

  • the historical series of Divorce figures (for 1988 onwards) was revised slightly, after 810 ‘duplicate’ records were deleted from the NRS statistical database

Age-standardised Death Rates (calculated using the European Standard Population)

  • new Tables 3 and 4 were added (on 16th February 2012), giving figures for deaths at all ages and aged under 75, separately for all persons, males and females, for individual local authority and NHS Board areas, for each year from 2006 onwards

  • Tables 1 and 2 were expanded (on 2 August 2012) to provide figures for three more causes of death: diseases of the circulatory system, diseases of the respiratory system, and accidents

  • new Tables 5 and 6 were added (on 2 August 2012), giving age-standardised death rates, and the underlying numbers of deaths, from some specific causes for each NHS Board area, for all ages and for under 75s, for each year from 2006

Alcohol-related deaths (published 2 August 2012)

  • a new chart shows, for 1979 onwards, individual years' figures, 5-year moving averages and the likely range of values around the moving average

Vital Events Reference Tables (published 9 August 2012)

Three tables were expanded markedly:

  • Table 2.1, now includes figures for each individual year from 1930 to 1989

  • Table 3.3, now includes figures for each individual year from 1974 to 1994

  • Table 7.5, now includes figures for each individual year from 1974 to 1994

‘Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2011’ (published 17 August 2012)

  • a new Table C4 gives drug-related death rates (per 1,000 population) for a number of age groups for each Council area

  • in all tables of drug-related death rates, ‘15-64’ was added to the age-groups for which the figures are produced

  • four tables which give the numbers of deaths for which selected drugs were reported were expanded to provide the total number of deaths as well

Winter Mortality in Scotland (published 30 October 2012)

  • a new Table 6 gives the values of the Seasonal Increase in Mortality and the Winter Mortality Index, for each relevant age-group and for all ages, for each Council area for each of the latest ten years

  • a new Table 7 gives the numbers of deaths in the winter and in each of the two non-winter periods, and shows the calculation of the Seasonal Increase in Mortality, for each individual Council area for each of the latest four years

Time Series Tables

Two new tables were added on 29 November 2012:

  • Marriages by Council area, 1991 to 2011

  • Civil Partnerships by sex and Council area, 2005 to 2011

Births, Deaths and other Vital Events (‘Q3 2012’ published 13 December 2012)

A chart was added, showing the numbers of Births, Marriages and Deaths in successive periods of four quarters

Babies' First Names (published 20 December 2012)

  • an additional list of all the names that were given in the previous year shows them in rank order (within sex)

  • the text and the Notes were expanded to provide more information (e.g. about the coverage and processing of the data)

Information about Vital Events statistics

New pages have been added (or existing pages expanded) to provide information about (for example):

  • occupation and social class / socio-economic classification (published 24 February 2012)

  • place of death and place of occurrence of the event that led to the death (published 8 March 2012)

  • revision of the historical series of Divorce figures and identifying duplicate Divorce records in the data for 1988 to 2009 (published 8 March 2012)

  • how the Divorce data are supplied, how they used to be supplied, and why there may be slight differences between the figures published by NRS and by the Scottish Government (SG) (published 13 April 2012)

  • fluctuations in age-standardised death rates (published on 2 August 2012)

The ‘home’ pages for ‘Births’ and ‘Deaths’ were expanded to describe some of the statistics on these topics that are available in the Vital Events Reference Tables (20 December 2012)

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) (now decommisioned and replaced with statistics.gov.scot)

The following new data have been added to the SNS website:

  • ‘premature mortality’ indicators - age-standardised rates of death at ages under 75 (calculated using the European Standard Population), separately for all persons, males and females, for individual local authority and NHS Board areas, for each year from 2006 onwards (added on 9th February 2012)

  • various figures for Births, Deaths and Stillbirths for the current Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies (which apply with effect from 2011) for each individual year back to 1999 (added in November 2012).