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Weekly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland 


Last Updated: 13 March 2014

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This page contains summary weekly data on births and deaths registered in Scotland. Our aim is to provide quarterly updates that will enable any emerging trends to be monitored.

In addition, from mid-August 2009 to mid-March 2010, because of concern about H1N1/swine flu, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) published each week provisional weekly totals for death registrations, and the numbers of these for which the cause of death was a respiratory disease. This information was available from the following page of our website:
Weekly Death Registrations - In Total and Caused by Respiratory Diseases.

Table 1 lists the weekly total numbers of births and deaths registered since the start of 2004. Please note that there may be some minor discrepancies between the figures which are given here and those that appear in the Quarterly and Preliminary Annual tables. There are two reasons for this: first, the tables may have been extracted at different times, and a few 'late' records may have been added to the statistical database in the intervening period; second, a year does not contain a whole number of weeks, so births and deaths that are registered in an incomplete week at the end of one year are included in the figures for the first week of the next year.

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Table 1

Weekly birth and death registrations, Scotland, 2004-2013 
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Date of registration versus date of occurrence

All routine vital events information we publish is based on the date of registration, not the date on which the event occurred. Inevitably, of course, there are delays between the occurrence of an event and its registration. From the information held on NRS databases it is possible to derive data relating to the actual date of the event. For detailed studies of short time periods we recommend that users consider using such data. For all enquiries on data availability please contact our Statistics Customer Services.
E-mail: customer@gro-scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Time taken to register births and deaths

In Scotland there is a legal requirement to register births within 21 days and deaths within 8 days. The overwhelming majority of births and deaths are registered within these limits. The charts below show the number of days taken to register births and deaths in 2006. For births the mean interval was 11.7 days and the median interval was 11 days. For deaths the mean was 2.3 days and the median was 1 day.

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Chart 1

Time taken to register a birth in Scotland, 2006
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Chart 2

Time taken to register a death in Scotland, 2006
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Page last updated: 4 April 2014


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