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Spina Bifida

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish figures to show the trend in recent years of the number of children born suffering from spina bifida.

The numbers of live and stillborn babies with spina bifida notified in England and Wales in the years 1974 to 1978 were as follows:

ALL BABIES
YearNumberRate per 10,000 total births
19741,18518·31
19751,10118·06
197688014·92
197788115·33
197884113·98
LIVE BORN ONLY
YearNumberRate per 10,000 live births
1974713*11·14
197583713·87
197667811·60
197768812·09
197866511·15
Notes:
1. The figures relate to babies with spina bifida with or without other reported malformations.
2. The notification of congenital malformations recognised at birth is carried out on a voluntary basis. The numbers of cases may therefore be under-reported.
* Estimated figure.