HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 cc68-9W
20. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services from information derived from the Registrar General's returns, the Abortion Regulations 1968, the confidential inquiries into maternal deaths conducted by his Department and from coroners and other sources, how many women died within one month of operations under the Abortion Regulations in each calendar year since 1968; how many of such deaths were attributed to causes expected to have resulted in death had the operations not been performed; and whether he will detail such causes.

Sir K. Joseph

Women known to have died in England and Wales within one month of an operation under the Abortion Act numbered three in 1968, 17 in 1969, 13 in 1970, 14 in 1971, and 12 so far recorded in 1972. Information is not immediately available to answer the remainder of the question, but I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as I am in a position to do so.

60. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services

Women usually resident in Main Catchment Area* of East Cheshire Hospital Management Committee
Abortions carried out in England and Wales Births in England and Wales
All Women Abortions carried out in hospitals of East Cheshire Hospital Management Committee National Health Service hospitals Approved places Live Still Ratio of abortions to births
(a) (b) (c) (d) (a)+(b)/(c)+(d)
1969 5 87 17 2,003 27 0.051
1970 12 124 31 1,964 25 0.078
1971 9 121 75 1,978 27 0.098
*Alderley Edge UD, Bollington UD, Congleton MB, Macclesfield MB, Macclesfield RD. Wilmslow UD.