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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of girls aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15 and (e) 16 were recorded as being pregnant in each of the last five years. (228727)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated October 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the rates of conception were for girls aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15 and (e) 16 in each of the last five years. (228727)

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

To preserve confidentiality of individuals, figures for girls aged 12 and 13 are not available separately. The numbers and rates of conceptions to (a, b) all girls aged under 14, and girls aged (c) 14, (d) 15 and (e) 16 in England and Wales, 2002 to 2006 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the attached table.

Conceptions by age: number and rate per 1.000. England and Wales, 2002-06

Under 14

14

15

16

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

Number

Rate

2002

390

1.2

1,858

5.5

5,627

17.1

13,475

41.6

2003

334

1.0

1,888

5.7

5,802

17.2

13,303

40.3

2004

337

1.0

1,754

5.2

5,524

16.5

13,636

40.0

2005

327

1.0

1,830

5.4

5,773

17.1

13,335

39.4

2006

295

0.9

1,764

5.2

5,767

16.8

13,107

38.6

1 Conceptions to girls under 14 per 1,000 girls aged 13