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Childbirth

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of live births were to (a) non-UK born and (b) foreign national mothers and fathers in each (i) primary care trust and (ii) strategic health authority are in each year since 1997. (253925)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what percentage of live births were to (a) non-UK born and (b) foreign national mothers and fathers in each (i) primary care trust and (ii) strategic health authority are in each year since 1997. (253925)

The tables attached provide the percentage of live births that were to (a) mothers (table 1) and fathers (table 2) not born in the United Kingdom, in each (i) primary care organisation and (ii) strategic health authority in England, for each year from 1997 to 2007 (the latest year available). A copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Figures for the percentage of live births that were to (b) foreign national mothers and fathers are not available, as nationality is not recorded at birth registration.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many live births there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by the age of the mother. (254149)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for information on how many live births there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by age of mother. (254149)

The latest year for which figures are available is 2007. The attached table shows the number of live births in England and Wales in 2007, broken down by age of mother.

Live births by age of mother, England and Wales, 2007

Age of mother

Live births

Under 15

211

15

928

16

3,381

17

8,188

18

13,206

19

18,891

20

22,074

21

24,325

22

26,491

23

27,709

24

30,185

25

32,553

26

35,351

27

38,099

28

38,268

29

38,299

30

38,424

31

40,046

32

39,556

33

37,627

34

35,471

35

32,811

36

28,461

37

22,574

38

18,034

39

13,500

40

9,543

41

6,728

42

4,143

43

2,355

44

1,272

45

601

Over 45

708

Total

690,013

Source:

Office for National Statistics.