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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) England and Wales had an abortion in 2007 who had already had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four, (v) five, (vi) six, (vii) seven, (viii) eight, (ix) nine and (x) 10 or more previous abortions. 
|Total abortions for residents of Essex( 1) , and England and Wales, by number of previous abortions, 2007|
|Number of previous abortions||Essex primary care trusts||England and Wales|
|Suppressed value less than 10 (between 0 and 9) or where a presented value would reveal a suppressed total less than 10.|
(1) Totals shown relate to PCTs for Mid Essex, North East Essex, South East Essex, South West Essex and West Essex.
Totals are grouped where there are less than 10 cases
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of the morning-after pill on the abortion rate in England; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England in 2006 and 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
The reasons women seek an abortion are complex and may be subject to a number of different factors. It is difficult to attribute any changes to one intervention or event such as the increased availability of emergency contraception.
The 2007 abortion statistics show an increase in the number of abortions in younger women which is why we have invested £26.8 million in 2008-09 to improve womens access to contraception and help reduce the number of abortions, repeat abortions and teenage pregnancies.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinics are registered to perform abortions in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; whether they receive public funding to carry out these procedures; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: There is one independent sector clinic in Essex registered with the Healthcare Commission to perform abortions, there are none in Southend. The clinic performs national health service-funded and privately-funded abortions. NHS hospitals are not required to register to perform abortions.
|Abortion rates for women age under 16 and under 18, by region of residence, 2007.|
|Rate per 1 , 000 women( 1)|
|(1) Rates for ages under 16 and under 18 are based on populations 13 to 15 and 15 to 17 respectively. Rates are based on 2006 mid year population estimates.|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in 2007, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) grounds of the abortion and (c) gestation of the pregnancy. 
|Abortions for residents of Essex primary care trusts (PCTs)( 1) by age, gestation and grounds, 2007|
|Age||South East Essex||North East Essex||Mid Essex||South West Essex||West Essex||Total Essex PCTs|
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