§ Mr. Haynes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any evidence that induced births have been used more extensively as a result of staff shortages.
§ Sir George Young
No. In 1978, the latest year for which figures are available, the estimated number of inductions as a percentage of all deliveries in NHS hospitals in England and Wales had fallen to 36.3 percent. compared with 37.7 per cent. in 1977 and 39.4 per cent. in 1974, the year with the highest estimated number of inductions.