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Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) prediction and (b) prevention of premature births. (171939)

We are funding research linked to premature births from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. Some parts of this research, for example, big trials, have received additional funding from agencies such as the Medical Research Council. In general terms, keeping healthy and maintaining good nutrition during pregnancy is important for the wellbeing of both the mother and baby.