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Abortion

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health at which NHS institutions abortions were conducted at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20 weeks, (f) 21 weeks, (g) 22 weeks, (h) 23 weeks and (i) 24 weeks period of gestation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (203977)

Statistics are not published by place of termination but only by residence of the woman. This is in line with the Office for National Statistics guidelines on publication of abortion statistics.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions took place in NHS hospitals at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20 weeks, (f) 21 weeks, (g) 22 weeks, (h) 23 weeks and (i) 24 weeks period of gestation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (203978)

(2) how many abortions took place in non-NHS hospitals or institutions at (a) 16 weeks, (b) 17 weeks, (c) 18 weeks, (d) 19 weeks, (e) 20 weeks, (f) 21 weeks, (g) 22 weeks, (h) 23 weeks and (i) 24 weeks gestation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The information in the following table shows how many abortions took place at 16-24 weeks gestation that were funded by the national health service and took place on NHS premises; funded by the NHS and took place in the private sector under contract; and were not funded by the NHS.

Abortions by gestation 16-24 weeks and purchaser, residents England and Wales, 1997-2006

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

123

24

2006

NHS Hospital

569

409

276

175

182

212

152

128

34

NHS Agency

1,264

1,160

953

837

660

490

383

328

0

Private

169

138

128

99

90

52

81

54

0

Total

2,002

1,707

1,357

1,111

932

754

616

510

34

2005

NHS Hospital

535

385

202

147

186

211

168

115

38

NHS Agency

1,250

1,069

883

812

644

417

300

175

0

Private

187

185

136

106

95

72

71

46

0

Total

1,972

1,639

1,221

1,065

925

700

539

336

38

2004

NHS Hospital

598

383

237

174

202

177

141

111

41

NHS Agency

1,251

1,383

1,047

759

542

535

519

300

0

Private

267

232

211

92

70

66

75

52

0

Total

2,116

1,998

1,495

1,025

814

778

735

463

41

2003

NHS Hospital

572

438

282

217

198

167

137

123

41

NHS Agency

1,235

1,428

1,184

679

524

532

471

324

0

Private

262

274

239

108

61

80

91

83

0

Total

2,069

2,140

1,705

1,004

783

779

699

530

41

2002

NHS Hospital

672

390

301

207

216

184

144

98

33

NHS Agency

1,178

1,238

886

578

497

438

446

341

0

Private

289

308

234

121

69

108

121

94

0

Total

2,139

1,936

1,421

906

782

730

711

533

33

2001

NHS Hospital

602

404

251

201

216

160

95

78

24

NHS Agency

1,035

1,096

814

502

391

440

454

308

0

Private

325

319

253

154

133

123

149

125

0

Total

1,962

1,819

1,318

857

740

723

698

511

24

2000

NHS Hospital

690

408

321

232

237

167

133

102

22

NHS Agency

1,021

898

727

417

338

329

337

248

0

Private

392

345

285

207

135

146

158

125

0

Total

2,103

1,651

1,333

856

710

642

628

475

22

1999

NHS Hospital

697

364

305

281

252

161

117

100

25

NHS Agency

850

822

662

396

310

278

286

239

0

Private

410

383

318

210

160

152

181

140

0

Total

1,957

1,569

1,285

887

722

591

584

479

25

1998

NHS Hospital

677

359

348

253

266

146

121

85

11

NHS Agency

880

887

643

375

288

284

237

195

0

Private

434

424

337

204

141

159

161

151

0

Total

1,991

1,670

1,328

832

695

589

519

431

11

1997

NHS Hospital

640

397

308

259

249

170

116

71

24

NHS Agency

781

757

575

320

183

227

210

160

0

Private

496

456

303

258

146

156

187

144

0

Total

1,917

1,610

1,186

837

578

553

513

375

24

1 Includes 24 weeks and 0 days.