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Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many babies were born in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available in maternity units which handled in that year (a) less than 200 births, (b) 200 to 500 births, (c) 501 to 1,000, (d) 1,001 to 1,500 births, (e) 1,500 to 2,000 births and (f) over 2,000 births.

The numbers of births, live and still, in NHS hospital maternity units in the United Kingdom in 1977 were as follows:

Units handling less than 200 births17,512
Units handling 200 to 500 births31,207
Units handling 501 to 1,000 births49,915
Units handling 1,001, to 1,500 births101,237
Units handling 1,501 to 2000 births122,338
Units handling over 2,000 births319,764