HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc159-60W
Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many children aged 16 years or under were sterilised in each of the years 1975 to 1979 inclusive.

Sir George Young

This information is not available centrally. A sample of hospital in-patient episodes is collected centrally for the age group 0–14 but the sampling error with the extremely small number involved is considered to be too large to give reliable estimates.