THE provisional figures of the vital statistics for the year 1934 have been issued by the General Register Office, Somerset House. They are as follows: for England and Wales: live births, 14-8, and deaths (crude rate), 11-8 per 1,000 resident population, and infant mortality rate (deaths under 1 year per 1,000 registered live births), 59. The birth rate shows an increase of 0-4 per 1,000 above the low record of 1933, and is noteworthy as being the only increase recorded since 1920, except in 1928, when there was a slight improvement of 0·1 following an exceptional fall in the previous year. The crude death rate is 0-5 below that for 1933, and only 0·4 above the lowest recorded in 1930. The infant mortality rate is 5 per 1,000 below that for 1933, and is the lowest recorded, the previous lowest being 60 for 1930.