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2013 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2013 Improvements to Vital Events Statistics

2013 improvements to the statistical information available, on the National Records of Scotland (NRS) web site, about births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths

This note describes the main improvements, made in 2013, to the statistical information about ‘vital events’ (births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths) which is available on the NRS web site. It does not mention a number of ‘minor’ improvements.

Accidental deaths (published 8 February 2013)

A new web section, this includes:

  • comments on the main points from the figures;

  • notes on the definition of the statistics and categories of causes of accidental deaths;

  • five tables, giving the numbers of accidental deaths (and 5-year moving annual averages) broken down by sex, cause of death, age-group, NHS Board area and Local Authority area; and

  • a chart showing the number, the 5-year moving annual average and the likely range of values around that average.

Preliminary Annual Figures for 2012 (published 14 March 2013)

  • Table P1 was split into two tables. Now, P1(a) gives the annual averages, and P1(b) shows the individual years. This enabled figures for 1971 to 1980 to be added.

  • In Tables P1(a) and P1(b), the numbers of civil partnerships are now split by sex.

  • A new chart shows the numbers of births, marriages and deaths in each year from 1974.

Hypothermia deaths (published 16 April 2013)

A new web section, this includes:

  • comments on the main points from the figures;

  • notes on the definition of the statistics and on the possibility of large percentage year-to-year fluctuations in the numbers; and

  • four tables, giving the numbers of deaths broken down by sex, age-group, NHS Board area and Local Authority area.

Vital Events Reference Tables (published 27 August 2013)

The following tables were added, or expanded markedly.

  • Table 5.1 was split into two parts, to enable figures for an increasing number of individual years to be provided in future in Table 5.1(b).

  • A new Table 5.4 gives the number of deaths broken down by the deceased's sex, age-group and ethnic group (if that was provided by the person who registered the death).

  • Table 7.1 (marriages by sex and age) was split into two parts, to provide figures for 25 more individual years. One part gives the annual averages for 5-year periods starting with 1946-50, the other gives figures for each year from 1974 (rather than only from 1999).

  • Table 7.5 now provides a time-series (from 2002 to 2012, inclusive) of the number of marriages, of religious forms and other beliefs, for each of the 50 denominations which had the largest total numbers of marriages in the period covered by the table.

Note: previously, Table 7.5 gave the numbers of divorces, divorced men and women remarrying, and some resulting percentages - but NRS no longer publishes divorce statistics, and numbers of divorced people remarrying are given in Table 7.3(b).

‘Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2011’ (published 27 August 2013)

  • A new section 3.5, and new tables 9, HB5 and C5 were added, providing information about the estimated numbers of problem drug users and their drug- related death rates for Scotland, NHS Board areas and Council areas.

  • A new Annex E was added, and Table Z was expanded, to provide information about deaths which involved so-called New Psychoactive Substances.

  • Annual averages for 1996 to 2000 were added to Tables 2 and 4.

Accidental Deaths (published 27 August 2013)

  • Table 3 was expanded to give the numbers by age-group for each year from 1979 (previously, it started with 2000), and also the corresponding extra moving 5-year annual averages.

  • Two new tables (3M and 3F) give the number by age-group for each year from 1979, and the corresponding moving 5-year annual averages.

Probable Suicides (published 27 August 2013)

  • Two new tables (3M and 3F) give the number by age-group for each year from 1974, in each case separately for (a) all probable suicides (b) deaths classified as intentional self-harm and (c) deaths classified as due to events of undetermined intent.

Age-standardised death rates (published 27 August 2013)

  • Tables 1 and 2 were expanded slightly, to give the percentage changes between (a) 1979 and 2012 and (b) 2002 and 2012.

Age-standardised death rates (revised 17 December 2013)

The rates in all the tables were revised back to 2002, to take account of the rebased mid-year population estimates for those years, in the light of the results of the 2011 Census.