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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22509: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of newborns have received a baby box each year.

Answered by: Maree Todd 1 May 2019

Scotland’s Baby Boxes began distribution on 15 August 2017.

In the first full year (15 August 2017 to 15 August 2018) we distributed 52,065 Baby Boxes.

The total distributed up to 5 April 2019 is 83,199 Baby Boxes.

In terms of uptake rates, this is difficult to calculate as APS (the Baby Box Delivery Agent) only collects data on expected due date (since the boxes are delivered 4-6 weeks prior to the due date) but not the actual birth dates. The following table shows Baby Box registrations with babies due within each quarter compared to NRS recorded birth figures within each quarter. In the absence of actual date of birth, we consider due date registration data to provide the best figures to use to analyse take up. It can however only provide an indication of take up and should be treated as an indicative figure only.

NRS Birth
records by
Quarter

Dates

Births

Registrations with Babies Due within quarter

Take up – Babies due as a % of Scottish births

Quarter 3
2018

1 July – 30 September

13,077

12493

96%

Quarter 2
2018

1 April – 30 June

12,973

12006

93%

Quarter 1
2018

1 January –
31 March

12,713

11417

90%

Quarter 4
2017

1 October –
31 December

12,821

11730

91%

Quarter 3
2017

1 July – 30 September

13,847

6171 *

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Please note the figure for Quarter 3 2017 includes priority due dates 01-01-2017 (65 babies) and 15-08-2018 (171 babies) where due dates may have been prior to 01-07-2017.