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Maternity Services

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 176W, on maternity services, on what evidential basis the figure for live births in England in 2006 was estimated; and what percentage change this figure represented from live births in England in 2005. (154274)

In 2005 there were 613,028 live births in England. In 2006 there were 635,748 live births. This was a 3.7 per cent. increase on live births in England in 2005. The figure for live births in the original reply was for England and Wales whereas these figures are England only. This information is given in the table. Table 6 of the “Office for National Statistics Births (Provisional), Selected Background Data, England and Wales” and is published on the ONS website at:

www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_population/Table_6_Area_Health.xls

The figure for the number of live births in England 2006 comes from the details collected when births are registered. Registering a birth is a legal requirement and must be done within 42 days of the birth. Births to residents of England which are registered elsewhere are excluded, while births registered in England whose usual residence is elsewhere, are included.

Table 6: live births by health area of usual residence of mother, numbers, general fertility rates and total fertility rates, 2006—England and Wales, Government Office Regions (within England), and health authorities/boards1

Area of usual residence

Live births

GFR2

TFR3

England and Wales

669,601

60.2

1.86

England

635,748

60.3

1.86

North East

29,184

56.5

1.80

North East

29,184

56.5

1.80

North West

84,155

60.0

1.90

North West

84,155

60.0

1.90

Yorkshire and the Humber

62,955

59.4

1.86

Yorkshire and the Humber

62,955

59.4

1.86

East Midlands

50,717

57.4

1.83

East Midlands

50,717

57.4

1.83

West Midlands

67,688

62.5

1.97

West Midlands

67,688

62.5

1.97

East

66,870

59.9

1.88

East of England

66,870

59.9

1.88

London

120,898

65.8

1.85

London

120,898

65.8

1.85

South East

98,566

59.2

1.85

South East Coast

49,163

59.0

1.86

South Central

49,403

59.4

1.83

South West

54,715

56.1

1.80

South West

54,715

56.1

1.80

Wales

33,628

58.1

1.86

Anglesey

697

58.2

1.92

Gwynedd

1,331

60.3

1.91

Conwy

1,149

62.2

2.13

Denbighshire

989

58.2

1.94

Flintshire

1,719

58.9

1.93

Wrexham

1,597

61.7

1.96

Powys Teaching

1,222

57.3

2.02

Ceredigion

590

39.3

1.48

Pembrokeshire

1,278

63.1

2.18

Carmarthenshire

1,887

58.9

1.95

Swansea

2,543

56.2

1.79

Neath Port Talbot

1,515

58.4

1.92

Bridgend

1,526

59.1

1.96

Vale of Glamorgan

1,360

57.3

1.90

Cardiff

4,216

55.2

1.69

Rhondda Cynon Taff Teaching

2,778

58.1

1.81

Merthyr Tydfil

692

62.2

2.06

Caerphilly Teaching

2,167

63.1

2.01

Blaenau Gwent

770

55.8

1.86

Torfaen

1,069

60.8

1.99

Monmouthshire

854

56.4

2.00

Newport

1,679

58.9

1.93

Normal residence outside England and Wales

225

1 Strategic health authorities in England and local health boards in Wales.

2 The general fertility rate (GFR) is the number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

3 The total fertility rate (TFR) is the average number of children that would be born per woman if women experienced the age-specific fertility rates of the year in question throughout their childbearing lifespan.