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To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many abortions were performed in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland; how many were performed in National Health Service hospitals; how many in private hospitals; what was the cost of performing abortions in National Health Service hospitals and in private hospitals; what was the total number of abortions performed under the Abortion Act 1967; and, of those, how many were performed to save the life of the mother. [HL2275]
Costs to the National Health Service for abortions performed in NHS hospitals in England are set out in
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|Year||National total cost of medical and surgical terminations undertaken by NHS organisations (Schedule 4 of national reference costs)|
|Abortions: totals, rates and by purchaser, residents, England and Wales, 2005 2007|
|Rate per 1,000 women residents aged 15-44||Purchaser|
|Total abortions to save the life of the mother *, residents of England and Wales, 2005-07|
|Section 1(4)||Section 1(1)(c)||%||Total all abortions|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland, in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [HL2276]
|Abortions : totals and rates, residents, England and Wales, 2005-07|
|Rate per 1,000 women residents aged 15-44|
|Year||Total||Age-standardised rate (ASR)*||Crude|
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many abortions were performed under the Abortion Act 1967 in each of the past 15 years, broken down by (a) grounds for abortion, (b) length of gestation, and (c) health authority in Scotland, where the unborn child was suffering from (1) cleft palate, and (2) cleft lip. [HL2279]
Prior to 1995, the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems codes did not include cleft lip and/or palate. For 1995 onwards, abortions with a principal medical condition of cleft lip or cleft palate are coded together as cleft lip and/or palate.
Data cannot be broken down by gestation or health authority for confidentiality reasons in line with the Office for National Statistics' guidance on the disclosure of abortion statistics (2005). All abortions shown were performed under Section 1(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967, that there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped. 2008 statistics are due to be published in spring 2009.
|Abortions performed under Section 1(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967, with a principal medical condition of cleft lip and/or palate by gestation, residents of England and Wales, 1995-2007|
|Total cleft lip and/or palate|
|All gestations||24+ weeks|
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take account of the effects of the Hyde Amendment on federal funding of abortion in the United States in preparing future partial regulatory impact assessments of legislation relating to termination of pregnancy. [HL2280]
Lord Darzi of Denham: Only legislation pertaining to the laws governing abortion in Great Britain will be considered as part of any future partial regulatory impact assessment of legislation relating to the termination of pregnancy. We have no plans to change the law on abortion.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 11 February (WA 18586), whether the aluminium plant at Wylfa will be closed as a consequence of European Union state aid rules. [HL1518]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): In response to global market conditions, Rio Tinto Alcan has recently announced its restructuring plans and also said that it anticipates that it may have to close its aluminium smelting operation at the Holyhead site (Anglesey Aluminium) at the end of September 2009 when its current long-term energy supply contract with the nuclear power station at Wylfa ends. No final decision has been taken yet and we welcome Rio Tinto's willingness to continue to seek a new energy contract and pursue other commercial opportunities for the Anglesey site.
The contract between Anglesey Aluminium Metal (AAM) and the NDA is a commercial matter for the parties and is subject to state aid rules. As well as doing what it can to encourage the company and the NDA to agree a new energy contract, BERR, together with the Welsh Assembly Government and DECC, will continue to work with Anglesey Aluminium to try and help the company find a way forward.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Government attach a high priority to the needs of service personnel and their families. For that reason we plan to spend in excess of £3 billion on improving and upgrading Armed Forces accommodation over the next decade. Included within this sum is over £600 million for upgrading and refurbishing family accommodation. We are having to make good decades of underinvestment and the process will inevitably take time.
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