The 2002-2004 infant mortality data released to Sandra Gidley MP, DEcember 2005

Michael Ryan made this Freedom of Information request to House of Commons

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Dear House of Commons,

According to the written reply of 20 December 2005 to Sandra Gidley MP, infant mortality data for the years 2002-2004 were placed in the House of Commons library.

I should be grateful if you would provide a copy of the letter from Jil Matheson to Sandra Gidley and also a copy of the infant mortality data for each of the 303 Primary Care Trusts in England.

Various press articles appeared in March 2006:

"Baby deaths shock for city" Manchester Evening News, 29 March 2006

"Brum babies 8 times more likely to die: Factbox", The Sun, 28 March 2006

"Baby charity report highlights poor infant mortality record in region", Yorkshire Post, 28 March 2006

The Sunday Mercury, which covers the West Midlands region, had an article on 9 April 2006: "Fluoride linked to high baby death rate", by Fionnuala Bourke, which starts:
"Fluoride in tap water could be linked to Birmingham's high infant mortality rate, campaigners claim."
and ends:
"Severn Trent declined to comment."

Yours faithfully,

Michael Ryan

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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Dear Michael Ryan,

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

The text of the letter is printed in Hansard and is available via the link below:


The data table mentioned in the letter is attached.

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Michael Ryan left an annotation ()

Many thanks to ONS for providing the requested data so quickly.

Kind regards,

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan left an annotation ()

The ONS also released infant mortality data for London Boroughs 1970-2010.