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Abortion

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) pursuant to his replies of 2 November, Official Report, column 567, why information is not collected about the percentage of women referred for abortions by abortion agencies;(2) pursuant to his replies of 2 November,

Official Report, column 567, why information is not collected centrally about the numbers of women dealt with by abortion advisory bureaux.

We see no need to do so. The conditions already imposed on the private abortion sector are sufficient to ensure that abortions are performed in accordance with existing legislation. To collect the information requested would not add to these controls.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his replies of 2 November, Official Report, column 567, why no information is collected about the total revenue from abortions upon foreign women.

We see no need to do so. This information is a matter for the management of the hospital or clinic where the abortion is carried out.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the total number of non-National Health Service abortions performed in England under the Abortion Act 1967, and what was the total number of abortions performed in non-National Health Service facilities in England in the latest year for which figures are available.

I regret that the full information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, my hon. Friend may be interested in the table, which shows readily available figures.

Number of notifications of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 in non-NHS premises in England 1974–86
YearNumber
1974107,258
197588,696
197677,858
197780,801
197886,779
197992,376
1980102,663
1981101,203
1982100,462
198399,264
1984104,970
1985106,510
1986104,646
Figures prior to 1981 are based on notifications received; from 1981 onwards the figures are based on occurrences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of beds in private clinics currently licensed for abortions in England.

I refer my hon. Friend to my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) on 26 October, at columns 170–75.