HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 c1035W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many vasectomies were performed in each of the last five years;

(2) how many female sterilisation procedures were carried out in each of the last five years;

(3) if female sterilisation and vasectomy procedures are available in all areas in the country.

Mr. Sackville

Information on the number of national health service procedures performed is shown in the table:

Year Vasectomies Female sterilisation procedures
1988–89 25,856 27,384
1989–90 38,507 42,023
1990–91 37,221 40,210
1991–92 35.968 42,596

There is some doubt as to the quality of the data for the year 1988–89 due to this being the first year of operation of the health episode statistics computer system. No figures are available prior to 1988–89. Figures for years 1990–91 and 1991–92—the most recent year for which figures are available—are provisional.

Circulars EL(91)63 and HSG(92)6 reminded the NHS of the need to provide a comprehensive family planning service, including male and female sterilisation.

Copies of the guidance will be placed in the Library.