§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether section 1(1) of the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929, has ever been applied to a developing foetus; and, if so, at what stage during the pregnancy.
§ Mr. Brittan
I have been asked to reply.
This Act applies only in the case of a child capable of being born alive. I am not aware of any prosecutions in recent years for offences of child destruction under it, and I have no information about 727W the gestational age of any children in respect of whom earlier prosecutions have been brought.