§ Mr. Brooks
asked the Minister of Health if he will provide for each of the years 1961 to 1965 regional details of the number of live births of children suffering from spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and of the number of these who survived the first year of life.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Information is available centrally for 1964 and 1965 only and is limited to conditions observed at birth. The numbers notified were as follows:
LIVEBORN INFANTS SUFFERING FROM SPINA BIFIDA OR HYDROCEPHALUS, OR BOTH
(England and Wales, with approximate figures for Standard Regions (1964) and revised Standard Regions (1965))
Standard Region 1964 Northern 96 East and West Ridings 120 North Western 232 North Midland 131 Midland 154 *Eastern 117 *London and South Eastern 218 Southern 85 South Western 114 Wales I (South-East) 83 Wales II (Remainder) 22 Total 1,372
Revised Standard Region 1965 North 103 Yorkshire and Humberside 149 North-West 248 East Midlands 108 West Midlands 174 East Anglia 36 South-East 407 South-West 98 Wales I (South-East) 91 Wales II (Remainder) 16 Total 1,430
Figures relate to live births occurring in each year.
* In this table for 1964 only, the Eastern region includes the whole of Essex and Hertfordshire administrative counties. This does not apply to the table of infant deaths below.112W
It is not know how many of these infants survived the first year of life, nor how many died from other causes, but the total number of deaths at ages under one year assigned to these causes in 1964 and 1965 were as follows:
Standard Region 1964 Northern 78 East and West Ridings 71 North Western 133 North Midland 55 Midland 106 Eastern 50 London and South Eastern 101 Southern 46 South Western 58 Wales I (South-East) 54 Wales II (Remainder) 11 Total 763
Revised Standard Region 1965 North 67 Yorkshire and Humberside 66 North-West 116 East Midlands 43 West Midlands 105 East Anglia 22 South-East 177 South-West 39 Wales I (South-East) 48 Wales II (Remainder) 17 Total 700