Last Updated: 2 August 2012
The Government Actuary's Department (GAD) was formerly responsible for producing (between census years) national life tables, which give statistics on expectation of life. Each year ungraduated Interim Life Tables were produced for the United Kingdom and each of its constituent countries, using data for a period of three consecutive years.
On 31 January 2006, responsibility for the production of national Interim Life Tables, and Decennial Life Tables, transferred to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Table 1 - below - contains period life expectancy for Scotland back to 1861-70. Each life expectancy figure is based on aggregate mortality rates for the groups of years shown. The data provides a historical comparison in which fluctuations in mortality that occur between calendar years have been smoothed out to some extent.
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