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Neural Tube Defects

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL12742, tabled on 10 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many babies have been born in England with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in the last five years for which figures are available.

Answered on

22 January 2019

Public Health England contributes to the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (EUROCAT), which reports on congenital anomaly statistics by country.

The numbers of babies born with neural tube defects from 2012 to 2016 are displayed in the attached table, due to the size of the data. Data for 2017 and 2018 are not currently available. Validated data for 2017 will be available from April 2019.

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Department of Health and Social Care