§ Dr. Starkey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many caesarean sections took place in each of the last five years in England; and what they were in each year as a percentage of all deliveries. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Information about the percentage of deliveries by caesarean section in England over the last 5 years is contained in the table.
Year Estimated number of caesarean sections Percentage of deliveries by caesarean section 1992–93 86,200 13.8 1993–94 93,000 15.0 1994–95 93,500 15.5 1995–96 94,800 116 1996–97 101,000 117 1 Provisional figures pending further work to validate data.
Hospital Episode Statistics (Maternity)
Department of Health: Statistics Division SD2B