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Multiple Births

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3157, tabled on 25 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 8 April 2010 (HL3233 and HL3235) and by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2643), what assessment they have made of the outcomes following foetal reduction in cases of multiple pregnancy in China compared to England and Wales over the past decade; to what extent they consider any such differences to be due to China's one-child policy or other factors; and when they last made representations to the government of China about the one-child policy.

Answered on

5 December 2014

The Department publishes Abortion Statistics, England and Wales annually. Information on selective terminations in cases of multiple pregnancy can be found at 2.29 on p16 of the Abortion Statistics for England and Wales: 2013; a copy has already been placed in the library.

No assessment has been made of selective reduction abortions performed in other countries, including China, compared to those in England and Wales.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a broad range of human rights concerns in China which is raised regularly with the Chinese authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has raised specific concerns around the one-child policy during the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on 19-20 May 2014. It also highlighted the issue, alongside other women’s rights concerns, in the China section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy :

A copy has already been placed in the library.