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Abortion Act 1967 (Abuse)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what allegations of abuse of the Abortion Act 1967 have been received by his Department since May 1979; and what steps have been taken in each case.

Allegations are received on a variety of matters relating to the working of the Abortion Act. All those which provide sufficient information on which to base an enquiry are pursued by the Department and, where appropriate, referred to the police or the Director of Public Prosecutions. Since May 1979 papers have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions on seven occasions.