HC Deb 11 January 1977 vol 923 c456W
30. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the present arrangements for abortion.

Mr. Moyle

My right hon. Friend's responsibility for providing services for termination of pregnancy relates only to the National Health Service. I am aware that for a number of reasons, one of them being difficulty in providing all the necessary resources, there are considerable regional variations in the NHS services available in England. The planning and running of health services is primarily a matter for health authorities, but my Department has issued guidance on the development of day-care facilities for terminaion of pregnancy so as to facilitate the most effective deployment of the available resources.