HC Deb 05 May 1994 vol 242 cc623-4W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were seen at district health authority and trust family planning clinics in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Sackville

The numbers of women seen in England were as follows:

1983 1,448
1984 1,487
1985 1,454
1986 1,406
1987–88 1,319
1988–89 1,115
11989–90 1,116
11990–91 1,060
1991–92 1,046
1992–93 1,030
1 Figures are estimates based on those districts providing data and relate to the number of first contacts.

Women can choose the source of their family planning advice and treatment. Guidance from the Department stresses the need for the balance of clinic and general practitioner provision to match identified local need; 98 per cent. of GPs provide contraceptive services and more than two thirds of women seeking family planning advice now see their own or another GP.