The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about the number of births recorded to mothers under 16 years of age in (a) England (b) Wales (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. (218736)
The latest year for which figures from birth registration are available is 2007. The table below shows the number of births to mothers aged 15 or below in each of the four constituent countries of the UK from 1997 to 2007.
|Live births to women aged under 16( 1) in England, Wales( 2) , Scotland and Northern Ireland( 3,4) , 1997 to 2 007|
|Number of live births|
|(1) Age refers to mother's age at the time of the birth. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, age of mother is imputed where it is not stated at birth registration. Figures for Scotland exclude births where age of mother is not stated at registration. |
(2) Live births registered within England and Wales are assigned to England or Wales based on the usual residence of the mother at the time of the birth—births are excluded if the usual residence is outside England and Wales.
(3) Figures for Northern Ireland exclude births to mothers not usually resident in Northern Ireland at the time of the birth. Figures for Scotland include births to mothers not usually resident in Scotland at the time of the birth.
(4) For Northern Ireland and Scotland, figures relate to the number of live births registered in a calendar year. For England and Wales, figures relate to the number of live births occurring in each calendar year.
(5) The first release of live birth figures for 2007 for England and for Wales occurred on 10 July 2008. Figures for 2007 for Scotland and for Northern Ireland are provisional.
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