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House Prices

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to restrain the increase in house prices. [38017]

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Mrs. Angela Knight: Monetary policy is set in order to achieve underlying inflation in the lower half of the 1 to 4 per cent. range by the end of this Parliament and to keep it at 2½ or less thereafter. House prices are just one of the many indicators used in monitoring the outlook for inflation. House price increases are expected to be held in check as more sellers are encouraged back into the market.

Abortion

Sir Graham Bright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a breakdown by gestation of the pregnancy of the abortions performed in the Anglia and Oxford region in the latest year for which figures are available. [38163]

Mrs. Angela Knight: The figures presented give a breakdown of the number of abortions performed to women usually resident in the Anglia and Oxford health region by gestation of pregnancy, for the year 1994.

Gestation of pregnancy in weeksNumber of abortions
Under 95,753
9-125,841
13-191,086
20 and over192
Total12,872

Sir Graham Bright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many abortions have now been performed in total within the Anglia and Oxford region under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967; and how many and what percentage of those abortions were performed in emergency to save the life of the mother. [38026]

Mrs. Knight: The total number of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act, to women usually resident in the Anglia and Oxford health region 1 , from 1970 to 1994 2 was 241,882. During this period, 10 abortions, 0 per cent. of the total number of abortions performed, were carried out in an emergency, certified by the operating practitioner as immediately necessary, to save the life of the woman 3 .


Sir Graham Bright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a breakdown by technique of the number of abortions performed in the Anglia and Oxford region in the latest year for which figures are available. [38161]

Mrs. Knight: It is not possible to give a reply, as abortion data are not routinely collected by technique.

Sir Graham Bright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a breakdown by the procedure adopted of the number of abortions performed in the Anglia and Oxford region in the latest year for which figures are available. [38162]

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Mrs. Knight: The figures presented give a breakdown of the number of abortions performed to women usually resident in the Anglia and Oxford health region by procedure, for the year 1994, the latest year for which figures are available.

ProcedureNumber of abortions
Hysterotomy (only)3
Hysterectomy (only)3
Vacuum aspiration (only)10,510
Vacuum aspiration with dilation and evacuation535
Dilation and Evacuation261
Other surgical1
Prostaglandins (only)263
Prostaglandins with other agents199
Antiprogesterone with or without prostaglandin1,078
Other medical16
Other combined methods3
Total12,872

Dame Jill Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many abortions have been performed within the West Midlands region under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967; and how many and what percentage of those abortions were performed in emergency to save the life of the mother. [38346]

Mrs. Knight: The total number of abortions carried out under the Abortion Act, to women usually resident in the West Midlands health region 1 , from 1970 to 1994 2 was 351,747. During this period, nine abortions--0 per cent. of the total number of abortions performed--were carried out in an emergency, certified by the operating practitioner as immediately necessary, to save the life of the women 3 . Notes: 1 Figures are based, where possible, on 1994 health authority boundaries. Other boundary changes have not been reflected in the figures. 2 Figures for 1968-69 are not held on a comparable basis. 3 Abortions performed under statutory grounds 5 (1970-31st March 1991) and F (1st April 1991-present) i.e. where in the case of emergency it was necessary to save the life of the woman.

Dame Jill Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a breakdown by gestation of pregnancy of abortions performed in the West Midlands region in the latest year for which figures are available.[38347]

Mrs. Knight: The figures presented give a breakdown of the number of abortions performed to women usually resident in the West Midlands health region by gestation of pregnancy, for the year 1994, the latest year for which figures are available.

Gestation of pregnancy in weeksNumber of abortions
Under 96,560
9-127,134
13-192,081
20 and over225
Total16,000

The annual reference volume, 1994 Abortion Statistics, England and Wales, Series AB No. 21 is expected to be published on the 30 July 1996.


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Dame Jill Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a breakdown by age of the mother of the abortions carried out in the West Midlands region in the last five years. [38348]

Mrs. Knight: The figures presented give a breakdown of the number of abortions performed to women usually resident in the West Midlands health region by age of the woman, for the years 1990 to 1994 1 .

19901991199219931994
Under 16399393387346393
16-194,3223,7223,2292,9182,764
20-245,7165,5415,0734,9014,531
25-293,7093,6953,6643,6513,775
30-342,2772,3742,3962,4372,553
35-391,3681,3931,3691,4741,437
40-44539526518515498
45 and over5045536348
Not stated--3311
All ages18,38017,69216,69216,30616,000

(3) Abortion Statistics, England and Wales, Series AB Nos. 17-21.


Inflation

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect of (a) an increase of 10 per cent. in house prices and (b) an increase of 10 per cent. in the import price of manufactures on the rate of inflation. [38020]

Mrs. Angela Knight: House prices have a direct impact on retail prices index inflation through their effect on the following components: mortgage interest payments, depreciation, ground rent and estate agents' fees. The weights can be found in the Office for National Statistics RPI business monitor, MM23. These components include lagged values of house prices, so the initial effect of a rise in house prices is much smaller than the sum of the weights of these components.

The impact on inflation of a rise or fall in import prices depends on the extent to which import costs are passed through to retail prices.

Deaths

Sir Robert Hicks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have been recorded for each of the past 10 years in the period December to March. [38044]

Mrs. Angela Knight: The number of deaths in England and Wales occurring from December to March for the latest 10 years for which figures are available are shown in the table.

December to MarchDeaths
1985-86228,307
1986-87204,090
1987-88212,761
1988-89201,492
1989-90226,373
1990-91214,839
1991-92210,049
1992-93198,124
1993-94208,689
1994-95203,932


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Licences

Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the licences issued by his Department; for what purpose they are issued; and what are the administrative costs involved for each. [37598]

Mrs. Angela Knight [holding answer 16 July 1996]: HM Treasury issues licences under the Coinage Act 1971 which permits companies or individuals to melt down or break up metal coin. Two licences were granted during 1995-96 and one during the current financial year. I am unable to give details of which companies the licences were given to as this would compromise their commercial activities. As the granting of a licence involves a simple exchange of letters, the cost is minimal.


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