HC Deb 27 March 1975 vol 889 cc682-3
16. Dr. Boyson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is satisfied that he is receiving the full taxation due on fees for private abortions done in Great Britain.

Dr. Gilbert

No, Sir. if the hon. Member has any particular case in mind and will let me have details, I shall be glad to have it looked into.

Dr. Boyson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a recently published book, "Babies for Burning", which had wide publicity in this country, has one constant theme—that doctors operating or doing abortions privately were always demanding payment in cash and that advice was given by a named charity in London that payment had to be in cash? Does this not call for some form of investigation, to see whether that book's allegations are right?

Dr. Gilbert

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman appreciates that it is far easier to make allegations of that sort than it is to sustain them with evidence which could be supported in a criminal prosecution. I repeat that if he, or any other hon. Member, has evidence of abuses of that sort I shall be only too happy to look into them.