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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many long-term claimants of incapacity benefit in Birkenhead have been offered support to return to work through (a) the New Deal for Disabled People, (b) work preparation, (c) workstep, (d) the permitted work rules, (e) benefit run-ons and (f) other Jobcentre Plus provision. 
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents affecting human health as a result of strychnine hydrochloride used by mole catchers have occurred in the last 10 years. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments of the winter fuel allowance were made to pensioners living overseas in each year from 200102 to 200506; in which countries the qualifying pensioners lived; and if he will make a statement. 
|Payments made in winter:|
|Republic of Ireland||660||1,397||2,367|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in each year; how many work days were lost due to work-related stress in each year; at what cost; what procedures have been put in place to reduce work-related stress; at what cost; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions does not collect information in the format requested. Our sick absence statistics contain figures for absences due to mental and behavioural disorders, which is the category which includes stress-related absences, both those which are work-related and those which are not.
In the year to May 2005, the average working days lost per staff year was 12.4, which is an absence rate of 5 per cent. Of this total, days lost due to mental and behavioural disorders represent about 30 per cent. The table sets out the detail about the working days lost due to mental and behavioural disorders.
|Period (1 June|
to 31 May)
|Occurrences||Total working days lost||Salary costs (£)|
|Period||Amount of compensation|
The Department introduced a well-being at work policy in September 2004 as a means of tackling work-related stress. The HSE Management Standards and associated processes underpin the well-being policy and feature as part of the annual DWP staff survey. In addition, the Department has contracts with Atos Origin to provide an occupational health service, and with Right Core Care to provide an employee assistance service. Such provision is not, however, confined to work-related stress, which means it is difficult to apportion a cost to what is being done to reduce this.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in (a) Great Britain and (b) Essex under the Abortion Act, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and what percentage and how many were performed to save the life of the mother. 
Caroline Flint: The number of abortions performed in England and Wales on residents of England and Wales in the years 1968 to 2003 was 4.92 million. Of these 23,470 (0.5 per cent.) were performed under Sections 1(1)(c) and 1(4) of the Abortion Act 1967. These are cases where the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, or where the termination is immediately necessary to save the life or to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.
Due to boundary changes, it is not possible to give the total number of abortions performed in Essex in the years 1968 to 2003. In 2002 there were 4,626 abortions performed in Essex, which accounted for about 3 per cent. of all abortions England and Wales in 2002.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions were performed in Southend Primary Care Trust, broken down by (a) grounds, (b) the age of the woman and (c) the number of previous abortions in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; 
(3) how many women in England had an abortion in each of the last five years for which figures are available who already had had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five previous abortions; 
(4) how many women in the Southend area had an abortion in each of the last five years for which figures are available who already had had (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five previous abortions; 
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(5) what the total number of abortions performed in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were performed in (i) NHS and (ii) private hospitals; 
(7) whether her Department requires doctors performing selective reduction of pregnancies to require a certificate stating the grounds for termination of unborn babies under the Abortion Act 1967; 
(8) what proportion of women having an abortion in the latest year for which figures are available were married at the time of the abortion; what the statistical mode figures were for (a) the age of the woman, (b) the gestation of the pregnancy, (c) the number of previous children born to the woman and (d) the number of previous abortions undergone by the woman; and what the most common legal grounds were under which the abortion was performed. 
Caroline Flint: The Abortion Act 1967 requires any registered medical practitioner who terminates a pregnancy to give notice of the termination to the Chief Medical Officer, including selective reduction of pregnancies.
The available information for abortions performed in England and Wales is contained in the annual Office for National Statistics publication, Abortion Statistics, series A8"; Office for National Statistics and the Department's, Statistical Bulletin 2003/23", and Statistical Bulletin 2004/14". Data for 1991 onwards can be found on the Department's website at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Statistics/StatisticalWorkAreas/StatisticalPublicHealth/fs/en. Copies of the publications are also available in the Library.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed on girls aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12, (d) 13, (e) 14, (f) 15, (g) 16 and (h) 17 years of age in each year since 1975; and how many were performed to save the life of the pregnant woman. 
|Total all ages||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in England on grounds of foetal handicap under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended); and what percentage this represents of the total number of abortions. 
|Section 1(1)(d)||Total abortions||Percentage|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were refused an abortion because their particular circumstances did not fit the criteria in the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended) in the last 12 months. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations in the field of reproductive health are funded by her Department; how much was given to each in each of the last five years for which figures are
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available; and whether account is taken of an organisation's stance on abortion in allocating public funds. 
Caroline Flint: Amounts received by voluntary organisations in the reproductive health field funded by the Department through the Section 64 grant scheme over the past five years are shown in the following tables.
|Name of voluntary organisation|
|Financial year||Brook||Family planning association|
The Department considers requests for funding on a case by case basis and will fund organisations where they represent value for money and where we are confident that they have the skills, knowledge and capacity to deliver what is required.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when each of the nine recommendations contained in the report of the Select Committee on the Abortion (Amendment) Bill 1975 were implemented; 
(2) if she will list the recommendations contained in the Select Committee on the Abortion (Amendment) Bill 1975, and the First and Second Reports from the Select Committee on Abortion 197576 which were implemented (a) in part and (b) in full. 
|1||Counselling of women||Implemented in full in July 1977 (HC(77)26).|
|2||Examination of the women||Implemented in part in March 1976 (SI 1976 No.15).|
|3||Certification and notification||Implemented in part in March 1981 (SI 1980 No. 1724).|
|4||Disclosure of information||Implemented in full in March 1976 (SI 1976 No. 15).|
|5||Private sector arrangements||Implemented in part in September 1975 through the system of assurances", which proprietors of approved places are required to give to the Secretary of State.|
|6||Foreign women||Implemented in part in December 1975.|
|7||National health servicetermination after the 20th week||Discussed with regional medical Officers in 1975 and 1983.|
|8||Referral agencies||Implemented in full in March 1977.|
|9||The use of foetuses and foetal material for research (the Peel Report)||The Peel code of practice issued in 1972 was voluntarily accepted by the professions. The Department ensures that arrangements for supply of foetal material for research from private sector places carrying out abortions comply with the code of practice.|
Updating this information and providing information on the additional recommendations contained in the first and second reports from the Select Committee on Abortion, session 197576, could be done only at disproportionate cost. Since 1976, a wide range of issues relating to abortion were considered by Parliament during the debates informing the Human Fertilisation
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and Embryology Act 1990. In 2001, the national strategy for sexual health and HIV set out the Government's 10 year strategy for sexual health, further bolstered by the 2004 public health White Paper. In this context, the Health Select Committee has itself conducted inquiries into sexual and reproductive health, including abortion issues, in 2003 and 2005.
It is accepted parliamentary practice that proposals for changes in the law on abortion have come from hon. and right hon. Members on the back benches and that
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decisions are made on the basis of free votes. The Government has no plans to change the law on abortion.
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