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Childbirth

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in the prevalence of multiple births in England have taken place in the last 10 years. (163274)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for information on changes in the prevalence of multiple births in England in the last 10 years. (163274)

The latest year for which data are available is 2005. The table below shows the multiple maternity rates for mothers usually resident in England—this is the number of maternities with multiple births per 1,000 total maternities in that year.

Multiple maternity rate for mothers usually resident in England (multiple maternities per 1,000 maternities), 1996-2005

Maternities with multiple births per 1,000 maternities

1996

13.8

1997

14.5

1998

14.4

1999

14.4

2000

14.7

2001

14.8

2002

15.0

2003

14.9

2004

15.1

2005

15.0

Note:

Figures include maternities where live births and/or stillbirths occurred.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were in England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the age of the mother at the time of birth. (163275)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for information on how many births there were in England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the age of the mother at the time of the birth. (163275)

The latest year for which data are available is 2005. The attached table provides data on live births to mothers usually resident in England by single year of age from 1996 to 2005.

Live births to mothers usually resident in England, by age, 1996-2005

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Under 15

264

269

271

247

268

279

255

208

203

195

15

1,218

1,207

1,156

1,125

1,107

1,061

999

969

951

907

16

4,152

4,140

3,916

3,791

3,539

3,436

3,349

3,390

3,418

3,264

17

8,690

9,091

9,229

8,683

8,232

7,956

7,989

8,096

8,182

8,074

18

11,885

12,995

13,491

13,572

12,685

12,162

12,082

12,470

12,701

12,457

19

15,188

15,301

16,694

17,472

16,696

16,116

15,823

16,150

16,463

16,826

20

18,246

17,557

17,539

18,873

18,887

18,928

18,190

18,548

19,274

19,628

21

20,187

19,556

18,661

18,815

19,376

20,274

20,296

20,423

20,831

21,007

22

23,049

21,636

21,065

19,994

19,457

20,636

21,856

22,228

22,757

22,798

23

26,213

24,295

22,995

22,042

20,579

20,732

21,945

24,052

24,648

24,682

24

30,116

28,115

26,202

24,414

23,023

21,742

22,014

24,354

26,311

26,767

25

35,212

32,099

29,691

27,489

25,805

24,402

23,839

24,782

27,401

29,089

26

37,546

37,056

34,209

31,510

28,875

27,345

26,307

26,768

27,535

29,906

27

40,772

38,608

38,191

35,400

31,978

30,202

29,162

29,690

29,296

30,296

28

42,566

41,452

39,356

38,568

35,922

33,036

31,611

32,461

32,367

31,902

29

43,418

42,343

41,240

39,230

38,869

36,477

34,551

35,072

35,067

34,704

30

43,017

42,074

41,566

40,226

38,278

38,406

37,326

37,035

36,714

36,156

31

40,821

39,859

39,505

38,560

37,606

36,987

37,798

38,360

38,450

37,726

32

36,459

36,949

37,083

36,157

35,312

35,234

35,345

37,938

37,877

36,640

33

31,198

32,534

32,908

32,770

31,958

31,683

32,393

34,094

36,611

35,672

34

26,044

27,264

28,695

29,104

28,639

28,278

29,376

31,112

32,030

33,347

35

21,042

22,628

23,828

24,373

24,794

24,976

25,484

27,044

28,307

28,635

36

16,731

17,831

18,786

19,416

20,513

20,619

21,341

22,536

23,725

24,133

37

12,462

13,666

14,439

14,843

15,800

16,339

17,137

18,505

19,331

19,678

38

9,379

10,069

10,593

11,040

11,630

12,070

13,107

14,450

15,142

15,282

39

6,779

7,250

7,799

8,147

8,594

8,800

9,552

10,805

11,529

11,935

40

4,583

4,936

5,240

5,508

5,764

6,347

6,622

7,389

7,992

8,405

41

2,971

3,193

3,440

3,526

3,808

3,956

4,289

4,791

5,229

5,516

42

1,843

1,961

2,015

2,106

2,269

2,462

2,640

2,850

3,193

3,379

43

1,022

1,105

1,129

1,243

1,284

1,370

1,431

1,645

1,750

1,942

44

547

607

626

616

648

709

743

803

963

1,030

45+

564

556

553

608

631

724

857

833

936

1,050

Total

614,184

608,202

602,111

589,468

572,826

563,744

565,709

589,851

607,184

613,028