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Infant Life Preservation Act 1929

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received the views of the medical profession about the case for amending the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929; and if he will make a statement.

The chief medical officer has recently received a document on fetal viability and clinical practice which has been prepared by a working party set up by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and including representatives of other medical bodies and the Royal College of Midwives. We understand that the report represents the unanimous views of the professional bodies. I am grateful to them for letting us have their considered opinion that the reference to 28 weeks gestational age in the 1929 Act is now out of date in view of advances in medical techniques.We will be financing the publication of the report and we will arrange for its distribution to nursing homes approved under the Abortion Act and within the National Health Service as soon as possible. I am now considering the report urgently with my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary. I have also asked our officers to convene a meeting with the proprietors of approved nursing homes which at the moment undertake late abortions to discuss the report. I will make a further statement as soon as possible.

CountryProjectYear of commitmentAllocation
PakistanRailway development197829,100,000
BangladeshRailways rehabilitation: wagons197815,000,000
BangladeshRailway wagons and workshop equipment197816,836,481
MalawiWagon weighbridges/goods hand197832,955
Sri LankaMaterials for railway19786,065,000
MalawiMalawi railways19791,506,851
KenyaHopper wagons19791,279,079
TanzaniaTanzania railway development19799,500,000
Sri LankaLocomotives19802,867,172
ZimbabweRailway electrification Nos. 1–719818,239,515
KenyaRailway coaches19825,030,040
KenyaRailways development19833,000,000
IndiaRailway projects grant198330,000,000
MalawiReplacement of railway tracks19831,630,000
SudanGezira railways19844,230,000
SwazilandSwaziland railways1984575,000
The Overseas Development Administration does not maintain statistics relating to the volume, price and source of individual contracts let under aid financed projects.