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Spina Bifida

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many and what proportion of babies in England and Wales were born with spina bifida for each year since 1978, broken down in terms of live and still births.Mrs. Currie: The information is given in the table.

Notifications of births with spina bifida, England and Wales 1978–86

Births

Live

Still

Year

Notifications

All live births

1Rate

Notifications

All still births

2Rate

1978665596,41811·151765,108344·56
1979677638,02810·611665,125323·90
1980600656,2349·141534,773320·55
1981530634,4928·351244,207294·75
1982420625,9316·71883,939223·41
1983369629,1345·87493,631134·95
1984314636,8184·93613,643167·44
1985325656,4174·95353,64596·02
19863236662,2003·56193,55553·45

1 Rate per 10,000 live births.

2 Rate per 10,000 still births.

3 Provisional.

Note: Figues are derived from a voluntary system of notifying congenital malformations observed at birth or up to seven days after birth and are therefore an incomplete measure of the total number of affected infants.