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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress is being made on meeting the Government’s target to reduce teenage pregnancy. (80894)

Teenage pregnancy rates are declining steadily. Between 1998 and 2004, the under-18 conception rate fell by 11.1 per cent. and the under-16 conception rate fell by 15.2 per cent. Both rates are now at their lowest level since the mid-1980s. We know from the best performing areas what works, and will be sharing these lessons with all local authorities to accelerate progress towards our target to halve the under-18 conception rate by 2010.