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Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why information on statistics of legally-induced abortion which used to be published in the Registrar General's Statistical Review of England and Wales is no longer made available in the latest Her Majesty's Stationery Office publication on the subject.

The Registrar-General's publication on statistics of abortions was revised in 1974, and account was taken of suggestions and criticisms that had been made. A number of new tables were introduced and others were omitted. The decision to suspend coding of social and occupation factors, partly for economic reasons and partly because of the limited quality of the information, led to the omission of several tables.