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Infant Mortality, Childbirth And Rubella

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales in 1977 (a) the still-birth rate, perinatal mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate and infantile mortality rate for the whole population of Wales and for socio-economic classes I, II, III, IV, V and for unsupported mothers, (b) the infant mortality rate for babies born weighing less than 2,500 gms., (c) the proportion of babies born weighing less than 2,500 gms. for the whole population and for socioeconomic groups I, II, III, IV, V and for unsupported mothers, respectively, (d) the prevalence, respectively, of caesarian section and induction, (e) the number of inoculations against rubella given to, respectively, schoolgirls and adult women of child-bearing age, estimating the number of girls inoculated by the age of 15 years, (f) the incidence of congenital rubella in 1977 and in 1978 to the latest date for which figures are available, (g) the number of births in each socioeconomic class, and to unsupported mothers (h) the number of births which were first pregnancies, second pregnancies, third pregnancies, fourth pregnancies, fifth or later pregnancies, and the perinatal mortality rates for each parity, (i) the number of births to mothers aged, respectively, under 16, 16 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, and 35 plus years and the perinatal mortality rates in each age band, (j) the incidence of congenital malformations, and (k) the incidence of cerebral palsy.

It will take time to bring together the available information. I shall write to my hon. Friend.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales in 1977 the stillbirth rate, perinatal mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate, post-neonatal mortality rate and infant mortality rate for the whole population and for socio-economic classes I, II, III, IV, V and unsupported mothers;(2) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the stillbirth rate, the perinatal mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate, post-neonatal mortality rate and infant mortality rate for babies born weighing less than 2,500 gms. in 1977;(3) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the proportion of babies born weighing less than 2,500 gms. for the whole population and for socio-economic groups I, II. III, IV, V and unsupported mothers, respectively, during 1977;(4) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the prevalence, respectively, of caesarian section and induction of births during 1977;(5) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the number of inoculations against rubella given to schoolgirls and adult women of childbearing age, respectively; and if he will estimate the percentage of girls inoculated by the age of 15 years during 1977;(6) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the incidence of congenital rubella in 1977 and to the latest date for which figures are available in 1978;(7) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the number of births in each socio-economic class and to unsupported mothers, respectively, during 1977;(8) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the number of births to mothers aged, respectively, under 16 years, 16 to 19 years, 20 to 24 years, 25 to 29 years, 30 to 34 years and 35-plus years, and the perinatal mortality rates in each age band during 1977;(9) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the number of births which were (

a) first pregnancies, ( b) second pregnancies, ( c) third pregnancies, ( d) fourth pregnancies and (e) fifth or later pregnancies, and the perinatal mortality rates for each parity during 1977;

(10) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the incidence of congenital malformations in babies born in 1977;

(11) if he will list for Wales and each area health authority in Wales the incidence of cerebral palsy in babies born during 1977.

It will take time to bring together the available information. I shall write to the hon. and learned Member.