Complete 2020 Mortality by all lead cause groupings

Rose Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Office for National Statistics

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I am aware of this data set:
“Death registrations not involving coronavirus (COVID-19): England and Wales”

Could you please supply a complete set for the entirety of 2020:

• “ALL” deaths registered in England and Wales, registrations by underlying cause of death using leading cause groupings.
• Please supply the information in the same manner as the above example,
and 5 year average 2015-2019 for equivalent weeks.
• I request that there be no exclusions in the data whatsoever,
In layman's terms, “kit and caboodle” version.

Further clarification, please provide the data including the ICD 10 definitions of COVID-19 U07.1, U07.2, meningitis and meningococcal diseases (A39), sepsis due to haemophilus influenzae (A41.3), rabies (A82), certain mosquito-borne diseases (A83) and yellow fever (A95) which you had previously omitted from the dataset.

As a separate request. For the year 2020 only.
As you would find provided on NOMIS, Office labour market statistics,
life events, “Mortality statistics – underlying cause…”

• All lead cause totals for England and Wales separately, by lead cause grouping.

As clarification. Totals of deaths by Lead cause of death ONLY.
In layman's terms, this would provide a single lead cause per death.

I realise that the data supplied may be provisional at this time and that there my be delays in some death registration at the time of these requests.

Yours Faithfully,

Rose Williams.,

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Our Reference: FOI/2021/1409


Dear Rose


Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to all deaths in 2020
broken down by leading ICD-10 code.


I am writing to confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested and the
response can be found here:



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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for a response. However, the information provided does not fulfill any part of the request made in any shape or form.

I did not request a top 10 ranking. I asked for "all" "leading" cause, broken down by ICD-10 codes. I believe I was quite specific that I was requesting that the information be comparable to that provided for other years in nomis, without exclusions or emphasis on "COVID-19". Would you please review the initial request in full.

I would prefer not to take this to the Information Commissioner, therefore respectfully ask if you are able to fulfull the FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Rose Williams

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Rose,

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm receipt of your request for an internal review. I will aim to respond within 20 working days.

Kind regards

Lois Young | Legal Services Policy Assistant | Central Policy Secretariat
UK Statistics Authority | Awdurdod Ystadegau'r Deyrnas Unedig |@UKStatsAuth |

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Dear Rose,

Thank you for your request for internal review.

I am writing to inform you that I have completed your internal review. Our final response can be found attached in the PDF document.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in my response to you.

Kind regards,
The Freedom of Information Team | UK Statistics Authority | Awdurdod Ystadegau'r Deyrnas Unedig
@UKStatsAuth | [email address] |

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