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(3) what the timetable is for the full implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline on treatment and assessment of people with fertility problems. 
Caroline Flint: This year, we have received 236 letters and 25 questions from hon. and right hon. Members about the provision of in vitro fertilisation treatment. It is for each primary care trust, in liaison with local health bodies and patient groups, to make decisions on the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) guideline on fertility treatment, taking resources and local health care priorities into account. The extent to which NHS organisations comply with national guidance is considered by the Healthcare Commission during its review and performance assessment process. We have not set a time frame for the full implementation of the NICE guideline, though we have made clear that we expect the NHS to make progress towards it in the longer term.
Children's hospice services are funded from a number of sources, including services commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs) based on their assessment of children's needs and their priorities. They are best placed to make decisions on the local need for palliative care and are able to take into account the needs of individual families and their preferences. Local hospices need to engage their PCTs in the commissioning process. PCTs have received substantial increases in their baseline funding and there is no ceiling on the amount of funding they can provide for children's palliative care.
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The information requested is not collected centrally. However, I understand that Castle Point and Rochford PCT, on behalf of all five PCTs in South Essex, gave Little Havens Hospice funding that totalled £30,197 in 200506. It is envisaged a similar amount will be available in 200607.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) live births and (b) abortions there were in (i) Essex and (ii) Bedford and Hertfordshire strategic health authority in each year since 1976. 
|Abortions||Live births||Abortions||Live births|
|1992||2386||20385||(32) 0 4102||21853|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) Essex and (b) Bedford and Hertfordshire strategic health authority had an abortion in each of the last five years for which figures are available who already had had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five previous abortions. 
|Number of previous terminations|
|2002||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||3,562||1,111||287||62||20|
|2003||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||3,745||1,323||292||77||29|
|2004||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||3,571||1,239||309||53||31|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list each method of abortion used in hospitals in England, broken down by (a) gestation limit and (b) date of introduction; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' (RCOG's) evidence-based clinical guideline, "The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion (2004)", sets out the recommended methods of abortion for each gestation band which practitioners are expected to follow.
Methods of termination are monitored through the forms sent to the Chief Medical Officer by practitioners for every termination of pregnancy they perform. A list of methods of abortion used in hospitals in England and Wales, by gestation, is contained within the statistical bulletin 2005/11 "Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2004", which is available on the Department website at www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/75/04117574.pdf. Copies are also available in the Library.
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