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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has undertaken, (b) plans to take and (c) has evaluated on the effect of greater access to family planning on numbers of underage (i) conceptions and (ii) abortions; when his Department last undertook an evidential review of the issue that drew on (A) UK and (B) international research; and if he will make a statement. (259045)

The “1999 Social Exclusion Unit Teenage Pregnancy Report” on which the teenage pregnancy strategy is based references the evidence and research papers that informed the development of the strategy. The teenage pregnancy strategy is multi-faceted and is based on the best international evidence on what works.

One of the priority actions identified in the 1999 report was to ensure effective advice and contraception for young people. The strategy has continued to develop over time and relevant national and international evidence is kept under review to inform the development of the strategy. There is increasing evidence that contraception can have a significant impact on teenage conceptions. Research published in the “American Journal of Public Health” in 2006 found that 86 per cent. of the decline in United States teenage pregnancy rates between 1995 and 2002 could be attributed to improved contraceptive use.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) individuals and (b) organisations who were sent copies of Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health; at what cost; and if he will make a statement; (259069)

(2) how much was spent by his Department on (a) researching and (b) producing Healthy lives brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health; who his Department consulted before (i) drafting and (ii) publishing it; who drafted the publication; what input Ministers in his Department had; and if he will make a statement.

All chief executives of primary care trusts and directors for children and learners at each regional Government offices in England were sent a copy of “Healthy lives, brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health” and the “Securing better health for children and young people through world class commissioning” documents. In addition to this we sent a copy of each to a number of organisations. A list of these organisations are shown as follows. Both documents have already been placed in the Library and are also available from the Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families websites, where hard copies may be ordered.

The cost of production of the strategy and the commissioning document, including VAT, totalled £82,879. The cost of packing, handling and posting hard copies of the documents, including VAT, totalled £2,708.91.

“Healthy lives, brighter futures” built on a large body of existing research and no new research was commissioned specifically for the strategy. The Secretaries of State for Health and Children, Schools and Families were involved at key stages in the development of the strategy. Both Secretaries of State hosted a deliberative event for parents and teenagers in June 2008, and further deliberative events were held with other groups, including child health professionals and parents of children with complex health needs. The cost of these events totalled £125,120.07, including VAT. Other work to develop the strategy was carried out by officials from the Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families and through a range of meetings with stakeholders. Costs for this work cannot be identified separately.



Alcohol Concern


British Medical Association

Commission for Social Care Inspection

Children’s Rights Director for England

Children’s Society

The National Child and Maternal Health Observatory

The Institute of Child Health

Local Government Association

Mentor UK

National Childbirth Trust

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

The Royal College of Surgeons

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of Midwives

The Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Unite: Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association

Young Minds

County Durham and Darlington (Family Nurse Partnership Lead)

Cabinet Office

The National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Support Service

Children’s Hospices UK

Fair-Play for Children’s Hospices: c/o Shooting Stars children’s hospice

Action for Sick Children

Children’s Society


National Youth Agency

Family and Parenting Institute

Hull PCT and Local Authority Commissioning Lead for Children and Young People

National CAMHS Strategic Relationships and Programme Manager

Association of Young People’s Health (President)

Bradford College: Healthy Further Education Steering Group

Learning and Skills Improvement Service

Youth Sports Trust

Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group

British Heart Foundation (Obesity stakeholder)

Asthma UK

Diabetes UK

Training and Development Agency


Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA)

Daycare Trust (DCT)

All Local Authority Chief Executives

All Primary Care Trust (PCT) Chief Executives

All regional Government Office Directors for Children and Learners