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Gaelic

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received seeking the establishment of a committee to report on the position of Gaelic within the education structure of the Gaidheltachd; and whether he will make a statement.

Both my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State responsible for Health and Education and I have received letters from the Director of An Comunn Gaidhealach and we have also had letters from three hon. Members referring to the representations by An Comunn. I am considering all the points raised in this correspondence.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of prosecutions for criminal abortion in each of the last 10 years in Scotland.

The numbers of persons proceeded against for procuring abortion in each of the years from 1964 to 1973 were as follows:

19643
19651
19664
19673
19682
19695
19705
19710
19724
19730
The number for 1974 is not yet available.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of deaths from criminal abortion in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.

The table below shows the number of deaths in Scotland classified to criminal abortion in each year from 1968 to 1974. Criminal abortion was not separately classified as a cause of death prior to 1968.

Deaths from criminal abortion, Scotland. 1968–1974
YearNo. of Deaths
19681
19692
1970
19711
19721
1973
1974*1
* provisional.