Seventy-two thousand nine hundred and sixty-five births took place in Scottish hospitals in 1958. There is always a doctor in charge of the patient, though he is not always present at the birth. The average duration of stay in hospital was ten days.
Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that it was necessary for all those women to flee like a crowd of battery hens and hatch their eggs in an institution surrounded by other squawking hens, when they could, with some cooperation on the part of the doctor, have had their babies at home?