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Births and deaths

 

Source: Office for National Statistics – Vital statistics in the UK: births, deaths and marriages

Notes:

  • The chart shows the number live births and deaths in the United Kingdom from 1930 to 2019.
  • For England and Wales, birth statistics are based on the number of births occurring in the year, while Scotland and Northern Ireland statistics relate to the number of births registered in the year. In England and Wales, where a birth is registered too late to be included in the count for the year of occurrence, it will be included in the count for the following year.
  • Death statistics are based on the number of deaths registered in the year, rather than deaths occurring in a calendar year.

 

Key dates 
1939 - 1945Second World War
1961
Introduction of the contraceptive pill
1967
Family Planning Act
Enabled local authorities to open family planning clinics.
1967
Abortion Act
Legalised abortion under 28 weeks free on the NHS.