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Infant Mortality (Statistics)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the perinatal and infant mortality statistics published by his Department are based on the place where the baby was born, the place where the baby died or the usual place of residence of the mother.

The perinatal and infant mortality statistics published by my Department and the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys are based on the usual place of residence of the mother.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the perinatal and infant mortality statistics collected by individual hospitals are based on the hospital where a baby was born or, where this differs, on the hospital where the baby died.

Neither my Department nor the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys compiles perinatal and infant mortality statistics by individual hospitals.