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Contraceptives And Abortion(Young Girls)

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that all medical practitioners employed by the National Health Service are obliged to inform the parents of a girl who is under 16 years of age if a prescription for contraceptives or an abortion is contemplated.

My right hon. Friend and I are reviewing the guidance issued to health authorities in 1974 by the Department on the provision of contraceptives to young people under 16: we hope to complete this review shortly and my right hon. Friend will then make an announcement.