§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of live births per year in each of the last five years; and what percentage of live births required special care in a neo-natal unit in each of those years.
§ Mr. Sackville
Live births in England 1988–92.
Year Live births 1988 654,363 1989 649,357 1990 666,920 1991 660,806 1992 651,784
Approximately 6 to 10 per cent. of new-born babies require care exceeding normal routine care at some stage.