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Abortions

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of those who have had abortions since 1967 have subsequently had psychiatric treatment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service abortions took place in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

The statistics of notifications of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 identify the category of premises where the operation took place. The table shows the number of abortions carried out in National Health Service premises, and for residents of England and Wales only the number of 'agency' abortions on National Health Service patients.

Number of notifications of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 performed (a) in National Health Service premises, residents and non-residents and (b) in non-National Health Service premises on National Health Service patients under 'agency' arrangements, residents only.
England and Wales 1985 to 1987
Year(a) National Health Service premises(b) non-National Health Service 'Agency'
198565,2545,919
198667,5296,819
1987133,6953,819
1 January to June inclusive (provisional).
'Agency' gives the number of operations on National Health Service patients undertaken through arrangements between certain National Health Service authorities and the private sector. For National Health Service premises, an unknown number of operations are carried out on non-National Health Service patients.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the names of the 12 clinics which performed the most abortions in 1986 on foreign women with pregnancies of more than 17 weeks gestation, and the percentage of total abortions of more than 17 weeks gestation, and the percentage of total abortions of more than 17 weeks gestation on foreign women that the abortions performed by each clinic represent.

For reasons of maintaining confidentiality, statistics relating to individual premises are not released.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many doctors and nurses were engaged on National Health Service abortions in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will expand on his statement during the report stage of the Social Security Bill, Official Report, 13 January, column 384, in relation to the protection of severely disabled people after the April social security changes by pursuing a solution that will depend on the voluntary sector.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) on 19 January 1988 at column 685.