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Abortion

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions at 24 weeks gestation and later there were in England in 2007; (204476)

(2) how many (a) second, (b) third, (c) fourth and (d) fifth abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2007.

The annual 2007 Abortion Statistics will be published by the Department of Health in June 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on abortion, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a copy of his Department’s file CPO 2/29 David Amess’s Abortion (Amendment) Bill; how many parts the file consists of; and if he will make a statement. (205000)

The answer of 30 April 2008 was based on the cost of providing both sets of requested files. The cost of providing a copy of file CPO 2/29 does not incur disproportionate cost. Copies of the file have now been placed in the Library. The file consists of one volume only and the majority of the contents have been withheld. The individual reasons for this are stated within the copy of the file.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake research into the effects of abortion on the mental health of women; and if he will make a statement. (206127)

Officials from the Department are working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to discuss what further work might be undertaken in the light of their draft position statement.