HC Deb 22 June 1993 vol 227 cc158-9W
Dr. Strang

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each year from 1976 to the latest available date, the number of babies born in Scotland with(a) no eyes, (b) small eyes, (c) damaged optic nerves and (d) all recorded eye defects; and if he will estimate the comprehensiveness of the recorded information.

Mr. Stewart

[holding answer 15 June 1993]: The table shows the number of babies born annually in Scotland with recorded eye defects from 1980 to 1992 with an indication of the comprehensiveness of the data recorded. Information is not available for the period before 1980 and no separate record is kept of figures for damaged optic nerves.

3All other mention of eye defects.


5Increased coverage reflects improved record keeping.