LAST week (p. 181) we printed a note referring to the provisional figures of the vital statistics for 1934. The Registrar-General's Statistical Review for 1933, Tables (Part II, Givil) is now available (London: H.M. Stationery Office. 2s. Od.). It includes a table showing the populations of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland as enumerated at each Census from 1821 until 1931, and as estimated for each year 1894–1933 inclusive. The population of England and Wales is now estimated as 40,350,000 at the middle of 1933, the 1931 Census figure being 39,952,377. The births registered during 1933 numbered 580,413 a decrease of 33,559 on the previous year's figure. The consequent birth rate of 14–4 per 1,000 population is the lowest recorded for England and Wales, being 0·9 below that for 1932 the previous lowest, and 1·4 below that for 1931. The only countries showing a lower rate in 1933 were Sweden (13·7) and Austria (14·3). The proportion of the sexes in the births registered during the year was 1,046 males to 1,000 females.