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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15530: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many children have been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 17 April 2018

The number of children that have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in each year from 1999 - 2002 is not held centrally.

The Scottish Birth Record (SBR) was introduced in 2002. The number of babies reported in the SBR as having a diagnosis of ‘Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’ in Scotland during the period 2003 to 2017 is provided in the following table.

Number of babies recorded with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Scotland, Financial Year 2003 to 2017


Year ending 31 March


Number of babies recorded with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome










Source: ISD Scotland, Scottish Birth Record

*Note four year period

The facility to record Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is available on the Scottish Birth Record (SBR). Some under-reporting of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is considered to exist, although the extent of the under-reporting is not known.