Teenage Pregnancy

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many births were recorded to mothers under 16 years of age in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 July 2008:

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
England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
1997 1,477 124 178 39
1998 1,429 113 137 56
1999 1,372 99 142 63
2000 1,376 106 136 58
2001 1,340 93 132 41
2002 1,254 97 110 36
2003 1,177 69 105 33
2004 1,155 67 96 39
2005 1,102 87 104 35
2006 1,154 79 110 35
2007(5) 1,064 75 107 36
(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.

Source:

Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

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