HC Deb 06 December 1973 vol 865 cc443-4W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the numbers of people in each local authority area who receive meals on wheels one, two, three, four, five, six and seven days a week, respectively ; what taking in patients for other medical services; and how many foreign persons are normally waiting for abortion operations.

Mr. Alison

Out of the total of 14,222 notifications received in the first quarter of 1973 in respect of abortions performed in England and Wales on women whose usual place of residence was outside England and Wales, 47 were treated in National Health Service hospitals. It is not known how many of these were treated as emergency cases or as private patients but the overall impact of such a small number would be negligible. To the best of my knowledge, there are normally no non-resident women awaiting abortion operations in the National Health Service.

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