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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of (a) abortions performed (i) before the 12th week of pregnancy, (ii) between the 12th and 18th weeks of pregnancy, (iii) between the 18th and 24th weeks of pregnancy and (iv) after the 24th week of pregnancy and (b) the provision of the morning after pill in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (95113)

Information on the cost of performing abortion by gestation period is not collected centrally.

In addition, the total cost of the provision of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is not collected centrally. The available costs to the national health service for prescriptions dispensed in the community in England for the last three years are shown in the following table.

Net ingredient cost (£ million)








Business Services Authority

Information is not available on the cost of EHC supplied by: hospitals; community contraceptive clinics; nurses or pharmacists under a Patient Group Direction; private prescriptions; or purchased in pharmacies.