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Pregnancy: Smoking

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women have continued to smoke through pregnancy in each year since 1997 for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) primary care trust. (195749)

The information requested is not available in the format requested.

Information on the percentage of mothers nationally who smoked during pregnancy in 1995, 2000 and 2005 is available from the editions of the Infant Feeding Survey as follows.

‘Infant feeding 1995: A survey of infant feeding practices in the United Kingdom’, Table 3.8 on page 37 which was published on 1 January 1997. This publication is available in the Library.

‘The Infant Feeding Survey 2005’, Table 10.7 on page 355 which was published on 14 May 2007. This publication has been placed in the Library.

Figures for regional and primary care trust are not available.