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Volume 268: debated on Thursday 7 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in 1994 on women (a) resident in each health region and (b) in each district health authority without overnight stay; and how many of these operations involved NHS hospitals, NHS agency arrangements and other purchasers. [4105]

The information requested for 1994 will be placed in the Library. For reason of confidentiality, statistics for district health authorities are presented by DHA of woman's usual residence, not by DHA of termination.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the estimated cost per NHS abortion without overnight stay, involving (a) NHS hospitals and (b) NHS agency arrangements. [4107]

The estimated average cost of a surgical abortion without overnight stay in a national health service hospital is £175, at 1993–94 figures. No information is available centrally about the cost of abortions performed in the private sector under NHS agency arrangements.