Abortion: Cleft Palate:Written question - 114833

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 November 2017
Department of Health
Abortion: Cleft Palate
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions there were in each of the last 15 years in which the fetus had a cleft (a) palate or (b) lip, broken down by (i) grounds for the abortion, (ii) length of gestation at the time of abortion and (iii) health authority.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 29 November 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.

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