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Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence she has that viable foetuses are

and for 1970, 1965, 1960 and 1955. The figures relate to the regional hospital board areas prior to reorganisation at 1st April 1974. Similar figures for 1950 are not readily available.

being aborted alive and then killed; and what action she proposes to take.

I have no such evidence, though I am aware of the serious allegations which have recently been published. My Department referred these allegations, some of which are tantamount to an accusation of murder, to the Director of Public Prosecutions last October. The matter is now the subject of police investigation.