HC Deb 05 April 1965 vol 710 cc22-3W
78. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many days' work were lost by insured women, which were certified for National Insurance purposes as being due to abortion, in each year since 1958: and how many women were involved.

Miss Herbison

I regret that the precise information requested is not available but the table given below shows the number of spells of incapacity terminating in each period which were so certified as due to "abortion" (which is a term used to cover all types of miscarriage) or equivalent cause, and the corresponding total number of days of incapacity where this is available.

Following are the figures:

Period Incapacity certified as "abortion" or equivalent cause
Spells terminating in period Total days of incapacity in period
3rd June, 1957 to 31st May, 1958 7 220
2nd June, 1958 to 30th May, 1959 8 249
1st June, 1959 to 4th June, 1960 9 286
6th June, 1960 to 3rd, June, 1961 10 354
5th June, 1961 to 2nd June, 1962 11 Not available
4th June, 1962 to 1st June, 1963 11 330