HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 cc398-9W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the estimated cost to the National Health Service in the last complete financial year, for which the statistics are available, of legal abortions performed on women whose normal place of residence was given as the Republic of Eire.

Sir K. Joseph

Available information does not show the cost to the National Health Service of treating particular patients or conditions, but as residents of Eire are not eligible for free National Health Service treatment except in an emergency, the cost if any is likely to be very small.