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The LS is a 1% sample of the population of England and Wales. It contains information from the census and vital event registrations. It was started with a sample from the 1971 Census. This module introduces some of the events data in the LS; it describes how they are linked to other records in the LS database and how these events act as entry to and exit from the LS for sample members.

The aims are:

  1. To inform potential users of the LS of the vital events data available.
  2. To detail variables that may be used, along with any restrictions.

Having read through the module the reader should understand:

  1. How to use the data dictionary when looking for vital event variables.
  2. The time period in which these variables are valid and how to use each in conjunction with others.