§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish for each year from 1990 the numbers of(a) maternities and (b) sets of twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets and septuplets born in England and Wales. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Dafydd Wigley, dated 21 July 1999:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on the numbers of maternities in England and Wales.The requested data are shown in the following table:
Following the Social Security (Transfer of Functions etc.) Act 1999 this report is made to both the Treasury and the Secretary of State for Social Security—but the responsibility for laying the report rests with Treasury Ministers.