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Illegitimate Births

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 1 June 1954

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asked the Minister of Health the total number of illegitimate births, and their proportion to the total births, for the last three years for which figures are available.

Illegitimate live births in England and Wales numbered 35,250 in 1950; 32,771 in 1951; and 32,549 in 1952. The provisional figure for 1953 is 32,503. These represent proportions for 1,000 total (legitimate and illegitimate) births of 51, 48, 48 and 47 respectively.