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Teenage Pregnancies

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in the Lewes constituency in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age. (76280)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 12 June 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in the Lewes constituency in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age. I am replying in her absence. (76280)

Numbers of conceptions and livebirths in Lewes county district for the years 1995-2004 are shown in the table below. Figures for 2004 are provisional.

Information on conceptions is routinely published for local authorities and strategic health authorities. Figures cannot be provided by Parliamentary Constituency because of the risk of disclosing individual’s information due to small differences with local authority boundaries.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not publish figures by single year of age below the age of 16 by either local or health authority and also does not release figures for individual years because of the risk of disclosing individual’s information.

The total number of births to girls aged under 16 in each year is too small to be released because of the risk of disclosing individual’s information. Therefore total number of births in the 10 year period (1995-2004) is given in the table. Figures cannot be broken down by single year of age, for the same reason.

Birth figures cannot be provided for Lewes Parliamentary Constituency for the same reason as provided for conceptions.

1995-20041

Lewes CD

Number

Number of conceptions

93

Number of livebirths

17

1 Conceptions for 2004 are provisional.