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Pregnant Women: Young People

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conception rate among people aged (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years was in each of the last five years, broken down by region. (198218)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Conception rate for girls aged (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years by Government Office Region (GOR), England and Wales, 2002 to 2006 (the most recent year for which figures are available) are shown in the following table. Figures for 2006 are provisional.

(a) Conception rate for girls aged under 18 by Government Office Region (GOR). 2002-2006

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

England and Wales

42.9

42.4

41.8

41.4

40.7

England

42.7

42.2

41.6

41.3

40.4

North East

51.1

52.2

50.8

50.0

48.3

North West

45.3

45.1

45.7

46.6

44.0

Yorkshire and the Humber

47.0

46.7

47.3

47.7

46.6

East Midlands

40.4

41.2

40.8

40.2

39.6

West Midlands

47.0

47.4

45.2

45.5

46.4

East of England

34.6

33.3

32.7

32.7

33.2

London

52.8

51.8

49.2

46.0

45.4

South East

34.4

33.1

33.3

34.1

32.9

South West

35.3

34.1

34.3

34.0

32.9

Wales

46.0

45.7

45.1

43.6

44.8

Note:

1. Figures for 2006 are provisional.

2. Rates are per 1,000 females aged 15-17.

(b) Conception rate for girls aged under 16 by Government Office Region (GOR). 2002-2006.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

England and Wales

7.9

7.9

7.5

7.8

7.7

England

7.9

7.9

7.5

7.8

7.7

North East

9.3

10.2

9.9

9.8

9.7

North West

8.0

8.6

7.8

8.5

8.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

9.4

8.8

8.7

9.0

9.6

East Midlands

7.5

7.3

7.3

7.7

7.1

West Midlands

8.6

8.7

8.4

8.8

9.0

East of England

6.3

6.1

5.7

6.0

5.8

London

9.8

9.9

9.0

8.6

8.6

South East

6.4

6.4

5.9

6.4

5.9

South West

6.2

6.4

6.3

6.7

6.5

Wales

8.4

8.1

7.5

7.9

8.6

Note:

1. Figures for 2006 are provisional.

2. Rates are per 1,000 females aged 13-15.