§ Helen Jackson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from(a) meningitis and (b) carbon monoxide poisoning, excluding suicides, in each of the last four years. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Helen Jackson, dated 14 November 2001:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent about the number of people died from (a) meningitis and (b) carbon monoxide poisoning, excluding suicides in each of the last four years (14407).
The data are included in the table below.
Number of deaths in England and Wales from meningitis and
carbon monoxide poisoning (excluding suicides), persons, all ages,
Calendar year Meningitis Carbon monoxide poisoning
1997 466 156 1998 426 150 1999 399 135 2000 405 118 1 Cause of death in these years was coded to the International
Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision (ICD9)Notes:The codes used to define the terms used in the table are as follows:Meningitis—ICD9 underlying cause codes 036, 320–322Carbon monoxide poisoning—ICD9 nature of injury code 986Suicide—ICD9 underlying cause codes E950-E959, E980-E989 excluding E988.8Source:ONS