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Birth Rates (Peterborough)

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the birth rate was per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years in (i) Peterborough constituency and (ii) Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997. (77911)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 20 June 2006:

As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the birth rate per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years in (i) Peterborough constituency and (ii) Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997. (77911)

Where constituencies are not co-terminous with local authority boundaries, as is the case with Peterborough, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) do not generally release figures based on recording of mother's age at birth registration. This is to protect against disclosure of information provided in confidence. Figures are provided for the relevant local authority instead.

The latest year for which livebirth data are available is 2005 and the table below shows livebirth rates per 1,000 female population by age for Peterborough Unitary Authority for the period 1997 to 2005. Rates for 2005 are provisional, as they are calculated using mid-2004 population estimates.

There were too few livebirths to girls resident in Peterborough at ages under 14, 14 and 15 for figures to be provided separately without breaching confidentiality. Therefore, livebirths to girls aged under 16 have been aggregated in the table.

Rates by single year of age at local authority level should be treated with caution. Population estimates are only considered reliable at local authority level when aggregated to groups of at least five years of age.

Teenage livebirth rate per 1,000 females by age, Peterborough Unitary Authority, 1997-2005

Age

Under 16

16

17

18

19

1997

6

14

31

59

115

1998

7

19

47

70

87

1999

4

19

41

77

95

2000

7

15

37

61

66

2001

7

12

38

51

89

2002

7

12

35

51

87

2003

5

21

37

55

105

2004

7

23

41

54

79

20051

5

19

41

65

88

1 Provisional rates, based on mid-2004 population estimates