HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 c414W
Dr. Godman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the number of children born with spina bifida in each of the years 1978 to 1984.

Mr. John Patten

The available information is shown in the table:

Number of babies born with spina bifida 1978 to 1983 England and Wales
Year Number of babies
1978 841
1979 845
1980 756
1981 633
1982 511
1983 422

Note: Figures are derived from a voluntary system of notifying congenital malformations observed at birth or up to seven days after birth and are therefore an incomplete measure of the total number of affected infants, since many are not diagnosed until after the first week of life.

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