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A 19-YEAR RECORD BUT MORE WANTED YET LONDON. The birthrate in England and Wales last.year—lß per 1000—was the highest since 1925, and within 1 per ,cerit of the rate required to maintain the full population standard. .It was. the first time since . 1922 that such a high replacement level had been reached. Births totalled, 745,318. . . These facts are revealed in the Registrar-General's summary of vital statistics for 1944. '

Deaths of babies under a year old were 461 per 1000, the lowest rate of infantile mortality ever recorded, and three points below that for 1943, the previous lowest. Of the reproduction rate the report states: "The • experience is the more remarkable in that the corresponding rate in 1941 (.761) was the lowest but one ever recorded in this country, so that the whole of the increase has been encompassed within the short space of three years." . '■ . , Although the increase in the birth rate is so great, the report points out that it cannot be.regarded as the general trend for the next few years, as experience has shown that during war both marriage and birth rates are liable to great fluctuation.

More boys were born last year than girls. l i

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BRITISH BIRTHS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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BRITISH BIRTHS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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