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The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.
Dear Lord Rooker,
As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010 (HL6324).
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the ‘National life tables; England’ dataset on 25 September 2019. The latest available figures show that period life expectancy at birth for the years 2016 to 2018 was 83.18 years for females and 79.56 years for males. The corresponding figures for the years 2008 to 2010 are 82.33 for females and 78.31 for males.
Period life expectancy assumes mortality rates remain constant into the future. For further information, please see ‘Period and Cohort Life Expectancy Explained’.
The bulletin published with the national life tables contains further information about these tables.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond
There are no current plans to further consult scientists on flour fortification. We are finalising agreement of a four-nation response to the United Kingdom-wide consultation on the proposed mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid which ran from 13 June to 9 September 2019. The next steps will be laid out in the Government’s response.
Under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, European Union legislation will apply in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland. Regulation 1925/2006 on the Addition of Vitamins and Minerals to Foods is included the Northern Ireland Protocol. Consideration is therefore necessary in discussion with the devolved administrations to ensure the consultation response and any proposed fortification policy takes into account the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that it is aware of this research. The FSA’s view is that whilst it is plausible that viable but nonculturable cells could potentially cause foodborne disease, to date there is no documented evidence that demonstrates this occurs in the food chain. There remains a high level of uncertainty over the likelihood of occurrence and conditions that would be needed for this to happen but the FSA will continue to review the literature and monitor the latest developments on the topic.
Data for 2019/20, the most recent reporting period, is not yet available. Data for 2010/11 to 2018/19 in provided in the following table. Interventions include hygiene inspections and audits, verification and surveillance, sampling visits, advice and education and intelligence gathering.
The total number of interventions for the period 2015/16 to 2018/19 and for the period 2010/11 to 2018/19 are also shown.
Local authority food hygiene and other interventions - 2010/11 to 2018/19
United Kingdom total
2015/16 to 2018/19
2010/11 to 2018/19
* Based on 9 months data for Northern Ireland.
The UK regularly assesses the threat from bribery and corruption, including through intelligence assessments and research.
The most recent published update on implementation of the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy includes comparative global indicators of national data on bribery and corruption threats. The UK also actively participates in reviews of its adherence to international standards, including: the UN Convention against Corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions; the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption.These processes allow the UK to compare its performance and systems with that of other countries.