HC Deb 06 November 1987 vol 121 c905W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list those foetal conditions, syndromes and diseases, involving the lack of a vital function or lack of vital organs incompatible with sustaining life, which have come to his Department's attention giving both numbers of recorded cases over recent years for which figures are available and expressed in each case as a percentage of live births for that year.

Mr. Newton

"Mortality Statistics, Perinatal and Infant: Social and Biological Factors for England and Wales 1984," published by OPCS, series DH3, gives the numbers of stillbirths by cause of death. "Abortion Statistics for England and Wales 1986," published by OPCS, series AB No. 13, gives the number of legal abortions by principal medical conditions mentioned. "OPCS Monitor" reference M B3 gives results from the voluntary OPCS monitoring programme of malformed births. These volumes are in the Library. More detailed information is not available.