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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent on all aspects of abortion funding in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what restrictions they placed upon such funding.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The department does not hold data on the devolved Administrations. For England, the information that is available is set out in the following table.

The department does not collect information on spending by primary care trusts (PCTs) on abortions undertaken by National Health Service providers in England. The department does however collect information on the cost to NHS providers (NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and PCT provider arms) of abortions. The following table sets out the cost to NHS providers of abortions between 2005-06 and 2009-10. The figures in the table do not include the cost of abortions performed by the independent sector, which were commissioned directly by PCT commissioner arms, as this information is not collected as part of the reference costs collection.

(£m) 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Cost to NHS providers (NHS trusts, foundation trusts and PCT provider arms) of providing abortion services 81.7 83.6 84.2 82.1 82.6
Cost to NHS providers of commissioning or contracting abortions from independent sector providers1 12.4 17.7 10.9 10.4 7.5
Total 94.1 101.3 95.1 92.4 90.1

Note: 1For reference costs purposes, only PCT provider arms can report commissioned data. Figures are rounded.

Source: Published reference cost data, available at

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