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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of conception in young people under the age of 18 years was in each of the last 10 years. (150776)

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 Colin Mowl, dated 19 July 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the rate of conception in young people under the age of 18 years was in each of the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. (150776)

Available figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or legal, termination.

The number and rate of conceptions to girls aged under 18 for England and Wales, 1996 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, 1996-20051

Under 18

Number

Rate2

1996

43,489

46

1997

43,358

46

1998

44,119

47

1999

42,028

45

2000

41,348

44

2001

40,990

43

2002

41,951

43

2003

42,162

42

2004

42,198

42

20051

42,187

41

1 Figures for 2005 are provisional.

2 Rate per 1,000 females aged 15 to 17.