HC Deb 11 December 1967 vol 756 cc14-5
4. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Minister of Health how many babies were born in hospital in South Bedfordshire in 1960, 1963, and 1966; what proportion of the total numbers born this represents; and what steps are being taken to increase maternity provision in the area.

Mr. Snow

I regret that figures for South Bedfordshire alone are not available. I have now written to the hon. Member about the increased maternity provision proposed.

Mr. Roberts

Have any investigations been carried out in this area into whether the proportion of admissions could be considerably increased if the time spent in hospital after childbirth was marginally reduced?

Mr. Snow

That is a question for clinical assessment about which I should not like to express a view. However, the contract for the additional maternity beds which it is proposed to have in operation at the end of 1970 or the beginning of 1971 is going out almost forthwith.