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Assisted Reproductive Technology

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have been born in each region in England through assisted reproductive technology in each year since 1997. (85321)

[holding answer 17 July 2006]: The information requested is not collected centrally. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does collect data on live births reported to it by HFEA licensed clinics resulting from treatment cycles involving in vitro fertilisation and donor insemination. Data, by region, are shown in the table.

Live births resulting from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor insemination (DI) treatment cycles from 1997 to 20041

District2

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

East Midlands

892

717

840

763

789

782

738

786

East of England

563

510

539

577

628

621

777

727

London

2,631

2,751

2,801

3,115

3,197

2,838

3,359

3,205

North East

300

323

352

412

360

450

334

409

North West

758

789

767

892

893

867

1,013

1,151

South East

758

651

772

702

639

764

805

768

South West

429

445

403

458

443

489

516

582

West Midlands

849

905

843

770

777

900

851

937

Yorkshire and Humber

809

908

1,065

898

879

945

910

1,045

1 2004 is the most recent year for which information is available.

2 The table identifies the total number of babies born according to their date of birth. HFEA has used the “Patients Guide To Infertility” of regions, which relates to the location in which the IVF or DI treatment took place. This is not necessarily the location of the birth or the place of residence of the patient.

Source:

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority