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Question for Department of Health

UIN 116021, tabled on 27 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were performed under the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by s.37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 in cases where the unborn child had a cleft (a) palate and (b) lip by (i) grounds of abortion, (ii) length of gestation and (iii) relevant health authority in each of the last 15 years.

Answered on

5 December 2017

Data on cleft palate and cleft lip are not identifiable separately within the abortion statistics. Information on the combined number of legal abortions under Ground E for primary medical reason of cleft lip and palate, by gestation, for residents of England and Wales is set out in the following table:

Cleft lip and Cleft palate

Year

All gestations

Gestation 24 weeks and above

2002

2

0

2003

6

0

2004

3

0

2005

5

1

2006

2

0

2007

0

0

2008

2

0

2009

3

0

2010

7

0

2011

4

0

2012

4

0

2013

9

0

2014

10

0

2015

11

0

2016

9

0

The Department holds abortion data by clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority (LA), rather than by Health Authority. Data for cleft lip and palate has not been released broken down by either CCG or LA due to the disclosive nature of the data as there are small numbers in each area.