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Abortion

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Baroness Young Baroness Young Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each health authority (a) the numbers of abortions and (b) the numbers of conceptions per 1,000 under the age of 16 years for each of the past three years for which figures are available.

Photo of Lord McIntosh of Haringey Lord McIntosh of Haringey Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter to Baroness Young from the National Statistician and Registrar General, dated May 2002.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what (a) the numbers of abortions and (b) the numbers of conceptions per 1,000 under the age of 16 years were for each of the last three years for which figures are available, by health authority.[HL4103]

The most recent available figures are for 1998–2000 and are shown in the attached table.

Under-age conceptions and abortions—rates per 1,000 women aged 13–15 by health authority of usual residence 1998–2000
Conceptions Abortion
1998 1999 2000 1998–2000 1998 1999 2000 1998–2000
England and Wales 9.0 8.3 8.3 8.5 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.9
England 8.8 8.2 8.3 8.4 4.0 3.8 3.9 3.9
Regional offices and health authorities
Northern and Yorkshire 10.3 9.3 9.0 9.5 4.4 4.0 4.1 4.1
Bradford 9.6 8.2 7.9 8.5 4.5 2.9 3.0 3.5
Calderdale and Kirklees 10.3 9.4 8.0 9.2 2.9 3.9 3.1 3.3
County Durham 11.2 9.0 8.9 9.7 4.9 3.6 4.2 4.2
East Riding 11.9 8.8 9.3 10.0 5.3 3.8 4.5 4.5
Gateshead and South Tyneside 10.8 9.8 10.7 10.4 5.0 4.2 4.6 4.6
Leeds 9.4 10.4 8.2 9.4 3.5 5.0 3.8 4.1
Newcastle and North Tyneside 10.7 8.7 11.4 10.2 5.0 3.3 5.4 4.6
North Cumbria 9.2 8.5 10.0 9.2 5.2 4.2 5.4 4.9
North Yorkshire 6.0 6.3 5.9 6.1 3.3 2.9 3.4 3.2
Northumberland 7.7 7.3 8.6 7.9 2.6 3.4 4.0 3.3
Sunderland 13.7 12.3 11.9 12.6 5.5 5.6 5.4 5.5
Tees 13.8 12.3 11.3 12.5 5.8 5.3 4.2 5.1
Wakefield 10.7 11.4 8.5 10.2 4.3 4.3 3.9 4.1
Trent 10.5 9.2 8.5 9.4 4.4 4.3 3.7 4.1
Barnsley 13.6 8.7 9.3 10.5 6.0 2.5 5.4 4.6
Doncaster 15.7 13.6 12.7 14.0 6.0 6.8 6.2 6.3
Leicestershire 9.1 6.7 6.5 7.4 4.2 3.1 2.7 3.3
Lincolnshire 9.9 8.4 7.6 8.6 4.5 4.2 3.0 3.9
North Derbyshire 7.8 6.6 4.8 6.4 4.0 3.3 2.5 3.2
North Nottinghamshire 11.4 9.3 7.8 9.5 4.2 3.9 2.3 3.5
Nottingham 9.0 8.9 9.4 9.1 3.2 3.9 4.0 3.7
Rotherham 11.3 12.5 7.9 10.6 2.3 5.4 3.7 3.8
Sheffield 11.7 11.5 10.9 11.4 6.2 5.4 4.9 5.5
South Humber 12.5 12.0 10.0 11.5 5.3 5.9 4.6 5.3
Southern Derbyshire 9.6 9.2 9.1 9.3 3.3 4.6 3.6 3.9
Eastern 6.8 6.5 6.2 6.5 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.1
Bedfordshire 7.5 7.7 8.2 7.8 3.8 3.8 4.2 3.9
Cambridgeshire 7.2 5.9 5.2 6.1 2.9 2.7 2.8 2.8
Hertfordshire 5.5 6.6 5.5 5.9 2.5 3.3 2.4 2.7
Norfolk 6.1 7.4 6.3 6.6 3.0 3.4 3.0 3.1
North Essex 6.8 6.1 6.0 6.3 2.7 3.5 2.6 2.9
South Essex 9.1 7.4 8.2 8.2 4.4 3.5 2.6 2.9
Suffolk 5.9 4.8 5.0 5.3 2.5 2.0 2.2 2.2
London 9.8 8.9 10.3 9.7 4.9 4.4 5.3 4.9
Barking and Havering 6.7 8.4 10.8 8.6 4.7 4.3 6.2 5.1
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey 7.8 6.4 10.2 8.2 3.5 3.7 4.6 4.0
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich 9.4 8.8 7.6 8.6 5.1 3.8 3.9 4.3
Brent and Harrow 6.7 7.0 8.5 7.4 3.3 3.1 4.7 3.7
Camden and Islington 7.9 10.1 9.4 9.1 4.5 4.9 4.4 4.6
Croydon 13.0 11.3 13.0 12.4 6.8 5.6 6.5 5.3
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow 8.1 9.5 9.2 8.9 3.0 4.3 4.9 4.1
East London and The City 13.6 10.1 14.2 12.6 5.7 4.9 6.9 5.8
Hillingdon 11.3 6.5 7.4 8.4 5.8 3.6 3.2 4.2
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster 5.8 8.1 8.4 7.4 3.2 3.6 4.7 3.8
Kingston and Richmond 5.8 4.1 3.6 4.5 3.8 1.7 1.9 2.5
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham 16.4 15.1 16.0 15.8 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.7
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth 11.1 8.4 10.9 10.1 5.8 4.4 6.3 5.5
Redbridge and Waltham Forest 7.1 6.3 8.2 7.2 3.8 3.4 5.5 4.3
South East 6.9 6.8 6.9 6.9 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.3
Berkshire 8.5 7.4 7.7 7.8 3.5 4.4 3.8 3.9
Buckinghamshire 6.3 5.9 5.5 5.9 3.2 2.7 3.0 3.0
East Kent 8.8 8.0 8.5 8.5 3.2 3.2 3.6 3.3
East Surrey 4.8 4.1 4.8 4.6 2.7 2.0 3.0 2.6
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.7 3.6 2.8 4.1 3.5
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire 8.3 7.7 7.8 7.9 3.7 3.6 4.1 3.8
North and Mid Hampshire 5.4 4.5 4.4 4.7 2.0 2.0 2.4 2.1
Northamptonshire 8.9 7.9 10.4 9.1 3.8 4.3 4.4 4.2
Oxfordshire 4.6 6.5 6.6 6.0 3.1 2.7 3.4 3.1
Southampton and South West Hampshire 6.8 7.1 7.1 7.0 3.7 3.3 2.6 3.2
West Kent 6.7 8.5 7.3 7.5 3.1 3.4 3.5 3.3
West Surrey 4.3 5.3 4.2 4.6 1.8 3.2 2.1 2.4
West Sussex 7.5 5.0 6.5 6.3 4.1 3.0 3.0 3.4
South West 7.6 7.5 7.1 7.4 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.5
Avon 7.7 8.7 8.0 8.1 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.8
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 7.7 6.3 7.4 7.1 3.2 3.5 3.1 3.3
Dorset 7.3 6.8 6.1 6.7 3.7 3.1 3.5 3.4
Gloucestershire 8.7 6.6 8.4 7.9 3.9 3.5 3.5 3.6
North and East Devon 6.8 6.9 6.0 6.5 2.9 2.3 3.1 2.8
Somerset 8.0 7.8 7.1 7.6 4.0 3.9 3.4 3.8
South and West Devon 7.3 8.4 7.7 7.8 3.4 4.6 3.0 3.6
Wiltshire 7.4 7.4 6.0 6.9 3.9 3.3 3.2 3.5
West Midlands 10.4 8.8 9.7 9.6 4.6 3.9 4.4 4.3
Birmingham 11.9 9.3 10.2 10.5 4.5 3.6 4.4 4.2
Coventry 10.4 9.4 11.8 10.6 4.5 4.4 5.2 4.7
Dudley 11.5 8.7 10.7 10.3 4.7 4.6 5.5 4.9
Herefordshire 6.7 5.6 9.8 7.4 3.5 2.8 4.8 3.7
North Staffordshire 12.0 9.1 8.9 10.0 5.3 3.0 3.1 3.8
Sandwell 12.7 14.4 12.2 13.1 5.1 5.4 6.2 5.6
Shropshire 8.5 6.8 9.2 8.2 4.6 3.0 4.7 4.1
Solihull 8.5 5.9 5.5 6.6 5.8 1.8 2.7 3.4
South Staffordshire 7.4 8.0 9.0 8.1 3.6 4.5 4.3 4.1
Walsall 17.9 13.9 11.1 14.3 4.9 4.4 4.3 4.5
Warwickshire 7.4 7.4 8.4 7.7 4.3 4.2 4.5 4.3
Wolverhampton 14.4 12.3 12.9 13.2 5.6 6.4 5.4 5.8
Worcestershire 7.1 5.7 7.5 6.8 4.5 3.3 3.8 3.8
North West 8.9 8.8 8.6 8.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.7
Bury and Rochdale 10.3 10.3 9.3 9.9 4.1 4.2 3.7 4.0
East Lancashire 10.8 11.2 10.8 11.0 5.4 5.5 4.3 5.1
Liverpool 8.4 8.9 8.7 8.7 3.1 3.6 2.7 3.1
Manchester 10.8 9.5 8.8 9.7 2.9 3.1 3.6 3.2
Morecambe Bay 8.1 7.5 8.1 7.9 4.4 2.9 2.9 3.4
North Cheshire 9.0 10.2 8.0 9.1 4.6 5.3 4.0 4.6
North West Lancashire 9.4 9.4 10.6 9.8 4.3 4.2 5.0 4.5
Salford and Trafford 8.3 8.6 8.3 8.4 3.2 3.2 3.8 3.4
Sefton 7.2 5.7 5.7 6.2 2.9 1.6 2.0 2.2
South Cheshire 6.2 6.4 6.3 6.3 2.4 3.0 3.2 2.9
South Lancashire 8.2 4.5 7.4 6.7 3.1 2.6 2.2 2.6
St Helens and Knowsley 9.5 9.9 9.7 9.7 3.0 3.3 3.7 3.3
Stockport 4.2 7.3 5.9 5.8 3.2 3.7 2.1 3.0
West Pennine 11.0 9.0 9.3 9.7 4.7 3.3 3.9 4.0
Wigan and Bolton 9.6 12.7 9.3 10.5 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.7
Wirral 8.9 7.2 8.8 8.3 3.8 4.0 4.3 4.0
Wales 10.7 9.5 8.5 9.6 4.2 3.8 3.4 3.8
Bro Taf 11.5 10.1 8.5 10.0 4.4 3.8 3.8 4.0
Dyfed Powys 8.7 6.1 7.1 7.3 3.6 3.4 3.1 3.3
Gwent 11.4 10.6 10.2 10.7 4.6 4.2 3.4 4.0
Morgannwg 13.7 10.1 9.3 11.0 5.2 4.5 4.3 4.7
North Wales 8.3 9.8 7.6 8.6 3.5 3.2 2.6 3.1

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

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