§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the number of live births in each of the last three years. 
§ Mrs. Angela Knight
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Hugh Bayley, dated 18 March 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked me to reply to your recent question asking for the number of live births that occurred in England and Wales in each of the last three years for which data are available.The figures requested are shown in the table below.
Live births in England and Wales Year Live birth 1995 648,138 1994 664,726 1993 673,467
These figures are published in the annual reference volume "Birth Statistics" Series FM1, copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library.