HC Deb 13 January 1987 vol 108 cc181-2W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list by region all hospitals whose future

Estimated percentages of women delivering by type of onset of labour 1982–84
Type of onset of labour Percentage of all deliveries
(a) England (b) England and Wales
1982 1983 1984 1982 1983 1984
(i) Induced 18.8 18.9 17.3 195.3 195.3 195.3
(ii) Spontaneous onset of labour 76.6 76.5 78.0
(iii) Elective caesarean section 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.7

Source: England Maternity HIPE; Wales HAA.

Percentages may not add to exactly 100 because of rounding.

1Aggregation reflects data available for Wales.

closure has been approved, the year when it is likely to take effect, and the number of beds that will be lost in each case; and if he will provide similar data regarding future cuts in beds in hospitals which are not being fully closed.

Mr. Newton

[pursuant to his reply, 12 January 1987]: The information we routinely collect centrally relates to the timing of approval for permanent total or partial closure, or change of use, following public consultation. It does not specify the date when the closure or change of use is planned to take effect, nor does it contain details of any reprovision of services. Health authorities' future plans for permanent closures or substantial changes of use must be subject to public consultation before they can be approved.

For the information we keep centrally, up to August 1986, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 24 November 1986, at columns 143–46.