§ Mr. Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) where termination of pregnancy took place within the Preston and South Ribble area for the year for which statistics are available, as defined in Schedule 2 to the Abortion Act, namely, National Health Service hospitals, approved places, or other places;
(2) on what grounds abortions were performed in the Preston and South Ribble area for the latest year for which statistics are available, as defined in Schedules 1 and 2 to the Abortion Act 1967 (Form of Notification);
(3) how many abortions wer performed in the Preston and South Ribble area for the last year for which statistics are available:
§ Mr. Moyle
It is not the custom to publish figures of treatment for areas smaller than regional health authorities in order to preserve confidentiality as required by Regulation 5 of the Abortion Regulations 1968.
The numbers of legal abortions carried out during 1976 in England and Wales on women normally resident in Preston Health District, comprising the County Districts of Preston, South Ribble and Chorley, were as follows:
National Health Service hospitals 93 Non-National Health Service premises 365 Total 458
I regret that an analysis by grounds for carrying out the abortion is not readily available and could not be obtained without a disproportionate use of time and resources.