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Caesarean Sections

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women opted to have a caesarean section in the last year for which figures are available. (194438)

In 2005-06 there were 593,400 deliveries in national health service hospitals in England. Of these 139,449 were by caesarean section. Elective caesarean accounted for 9.3 per cent. (12,969) of the total.