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Caesarean Sections

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency and (b) planned caesarean births there were in each year since 1995. (126168)

The last year for which this information is available is 2004-05. Figures are shown in the table.

Elective

Emergency

1995-96

40,889

56,297

1996-97

43,399

57,667

1997-98

46,215

60,840

1998-99

46,200

64,103

1999-2000

48,616

67,836

2000-01

48,365

69,800

2001-02

50,378

68,795

2002-03

50,964

69,596

2003-04

55,286

75,443

2004-05

54,905

79,436

Source: NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2004-05 (Table 3).