§ Mr. Rosindell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed by the national health service in 2002. 
§ Ms Blears
Data for abortions performed in England and Wales in 2002 will not be available until the autumn.
In 2001, out of the 176,364 abortions performed on residents of England and Wales, 76,166 were performed by the national health service. In addition, 58,445 abortions were performed by the independent sector under NHS contract.