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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the teenage pregnancy rates was in each year since 1990-91; and what he expects it to be in 2007-08. (149930)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 July 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of teenage pregnancy rates for each year since 1990-91 to 2007-08. (149930)

Teenage conception figures for girls aged under 20 are routinely published by ONS for England and Wales and by health authority areas. These figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or legal termination.

The number and rate of teenage conceptions and also conceptions to girls aged under 18 (used to monitor the Government's target on teenage pregnancy) for England and Wales, 1990 to 2005 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the attached table. Figures for 2005 are provisional.

Conceptions by age: number and rate for England and Wales, 1990-20051

Under 20

Under 18

Number

Rate2

Number

Rate3

1990

113,330

68

44,756

48

1991

101,625

64

40,088

45

1992

93,417

62

37,551

44

1993

87,163

60

35,794

42

1994

85,352

59

36,091

42

1995

86,586

59

37,880

42

1996

94,872

63

43,489

46

1997

96,007

63

43,358

46

1998

101,627

65

44,119

47

1999

98,787

63

42,028

45

2000

97,666

62

41,348

44

2001

95,970

61

40,990

43

2002

97,107

60

41,951

43

2003

98,592

60

42,162

42

2004

101,262

60

42,198

42

2005

101,888

60

42,187

41

1 Figures for 2005 are provisional.

2 Rate per 1,000 females aged 15-19.

3 Rate per 1,000 females aged 15-17.