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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which maternity units recorded fewer than 200 live births in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking which maternity units recorded fewer than 200 live births in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Figures on live births by hospital can be compiled from birth registration data for England and Wales that are held by the Office for National Statistics. In this dataset, information on place of birth is provided by the informant at registration (usually a parent) rather than by the hospitals themselves.

The attached document provides a list of maternity units in England and Wales with fewer than 200 live births occurring in 2009, the latest year available.

Maternity units in England and Wales where fewer than 200 live births occurred in 2009
Communal establishment name Town/c ity
1 Andover Birth Centre Andover War Memorial Hospital Andover
2 Berwick Infirmary Berwick-on-Tweed
3 Brecon War Memorial Hospital Brecon
4 Bridgnorth Hospital Northgate Bridgnorth
5 Bridgwater Hospital Bridgwater
6 Bridlington and District Hospital Bridlington
7 Bryn Beryl Hospital Pwllheli
8 Chipping Norton War Memorial Hospital Chipping Norton
9 Clacton and District Hospital Clacton on Sea
10 Corbar Birth Centre Buxton Hospital Buxton
11 Darley Birth Centre Whitworth Hospital Matlock
12 Denbigh Infirmary Denbigh
13 Dolgellau and Barmouth District Hospital Dolgellau Gwynedd
14 Gilchrist Maternity Unit, Hartismere Hospital Eye
15 Goole and District Hospital Goole
16 Grantham and District Hospital Grantham
17 Halstead Birthing Centre Halstead
18 Helston Community Hospital Helston
19 Hexham General Hospital Hexham
20 Hillcrest Maternity Home Alnwick
21 Holistic Birthing Centre Northwich
22 Honiton Hospital Honiton
23 Knighton Hospital Knighton
24 Llandrindod Wells County War Memorial Hospital Llandrindod Wells
25 Llanidloes War Memorial Hospital Llanidloes
26 Ludlow Hospital (Maternity) Ludlow
27 Malton Hospital Malton
28 Montgomery County Infirmary Llanllwchaiarn Newtown
29 Newton Abbot Hospital Newton Abbot
30 Nuneaton Private Hospital Nuneaton
31 Okehampton Community Hospital Okehampton
32 Orthopaedic and District Hospital (Maternity) Oswestry
33 Penrith Hospital Penrith
34 St Marys Hospital Isles of Scilly
35 St Peters Maternity Unit St Peters Hospital Shepton Mallet
36 Tair Afon General Hospital Aberdare
37 The Birth Centre, Tooting London
38 The Fryatt Hospital Harwich
39 The Wantage Hospital Wantage
40 Tiverton and District Hospital Tiverton
41 Tywyn and District War Memorial Hospital Tywyn Gwynedd
42 Victoria Memorial Hospital Welshpool
43 Wakefield Birth Centre Wakefield
44 Wallingford Community Hospital Wallingford
45 Whitby Community Hospital Whitby

This list is based on number of births from January to December 2009. It is likely that some small maternity units will have closed since 2009 and others may have opened. The list includes both NHS and private maternity units.

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