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Teenage Pregnancy: Disadvantaged

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of women under 18 years old living in (a) local authorities with a benefit claim rate of 10 per cent. or above and (b) in the 10 local authorities with the lowest employment rate were recorded as becoming pregnant in each year since 1997. (228726)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated October 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what proportion of women under 18 years old living in (a) local authorities with a benefit claim rate of 10 per cent or above and (b) in the 10 local authorities with the lowest employment rate were recorded as becoming pregnant in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (228726)

The information requested is not readily available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.