HC Deb 27 November 1978 vol 959 c46W
Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the most recent figures available for the infant mortality rate and birth of handicapped children in Scotland.

Mr. Harry Ewing:

The provisional rate of infant mortality in Scotland for 1977 was 16.1 per 1,000 live births. No rate for 1978 is available yet. There is no generally accepted definition of what constitutes handicap at birth and hence no comprehensive statistics are available.