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Teenage Pregnancy

Education written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teenage pregnancies there were in England in each year since 1997; and how many there were in each local authority in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

England has declining teenage pregnancy rates. Between 1998 and 2009 (the latest data available), under-18 conceptions have fallen by 18.1% to the lowest rate in almost 30 years. Over the same period, 95% (142 out of 150) of local authorities have seen a decline in their under-18 conception rates. However, this varies significantly with some areas achieving reductions of over 30%.

The England latest quarterly rates for 2010 continue to fall. Annual under-18 conception data for 2010 will be published in February 2012.

I have set out the specific information requested on teenage pregnancies in the following tables.

Table A: Conceptions to girls under 18, 1997 to 2009
Number of conceptions to under-18s Rate per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 17
1997 40,463 45.5
1998 41,089 46.6
1999 39,247 44.8
2000 38,699 43.6
2001 38,461 42.5
2002 39,350 42.7
2003 39,553 42.1
2004 39,593 41.6
2005 39,804 41.3
2006 39,170 40.6
2007 40,366 41.8
2008 38,783 40.5
2009 35,966 38.2
Table B: Conceptions to under-18s by top-tier local authority, 2009
Number of conceptions to under-18s Rate per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 17
Darlington UA 87 48.0
Hartlepool UA 106 57.3
Middlesbrough UA 174 60.4
Redcar and Cleveland UA 139 51.7
Stockton-on-Tees UA 164 42.6
County Durham UA 408 44.0
Northumberland UA 195 34.9
Gateshead MCD 145 42.1
Newcastle upon Tyne MCD 210 47.5
North Tyneside MCD 148 42.9
South Tyneside MCD 161 57.8
Sunderland MCD 288 52.8
Blackburn with Darwen UA 121 39.3
Blackpool UA 183 67.4
Halton UA 140 58.9
Warrington UA 155 42.2
Cheshire East UA 197 29.3
Cheshire West and Chester UA 201 33.3
Cumbria 369 39.6
Bolton MCD 251 47.9
Bury MCD 137 37.6
Manchester MCD 491 67.2
Oldham MCD 190 42.3
Rochdale MCD 200 47.7
Salford MCD 221 54.1
Stockport MCD 198 37.6
Tameside MCD 255 60.1
Trafford MCD 119 29.7
Wigan MCD 304 50.2
Lancashire County 893 39.4
Knowsley MCD 137 41.9
Liverpool MCD 369 50.1
Sefton MCD 165 29.3
St Helens MCD 167 45.0
Wirral MCD 264 44.0
East Riding of Yorkshire UA 214 34.7
Kingston upon Hull UA 316 64.0
North East Lincolnshire UA 192 59.7
North Lincolnshire UA 136 45.2
York UA 83 26.6
North Yorkshire County 295 25.8
Barnsley MCD 230 52.5
Doncaster MCD 284 51.8
Rotherham MCD 233 46.6
Sheffield MCD 394 42.9
Bradford MCD 430 41.0
Calderdale MCD 184 47.4
Kirklees MCD 370 48.5
Leeds MCD 618 47.4
Wakefield MCD 309 49.3
Derby UA 233 51.0
Leicester UA 251 47.1
Nottingham UA 290 61.5
Rutland UA 17 13.7
Derbyshire County 477 33.3
Leicestershire County 323 27.6
Lincolnshire 475 37.5
Northamptonshire 525 40.2
Nottinghamshire County 495 34.6
Herefordshire, County of UA 102 31.2
Stoke-on-Trent UA 258 61.1
Telford and Wrekin UA 172 52.7
Shropshire UA 160 28.4
Staffordshire County 631 39.8
Warwickshire 355 36.3
Birmingham MCD 975 48.7
Coventry MCD 335 59.7
Dudley MCD 238 41.5
Sandwell MCD 304 52.7
Solihull MCD 122 28.6
Walsall MCD 307 59.4
Wolverhampton MCD 242 52.6
Worcestershire County 351 33.6
Luton UA 109 29.4
Peterborough UA 171 54.5
Southend-on-Sea UA 128 43.7
Thurrock UA 107 37.0
Bedford UA 115 39.5
Central Bedfordshire UA 153 32.5
Cambridgeshire County 305 28.4
Essex County 814 31.4
Hertfordshire 501 23.5
Norfolk 532 36.7
Suffolk 373 28.5
Camden LB 80 28.4
Hackney LB and City of London 163 48.6
Hammersmith and Fulham LB 103 49.3
Haringey LB 171 51.1
Islington LB 117 48.6
Kensington and Chelsea LB 41 21.0
Lambeth LB 218 59.5
Lewisham LB 235 55.6
Newham LB 220 50.3
Southwark LB 233 63.2
Tower Hamlets LB 132 40.7
Wandsworth LB 128 46.9
Westminster City of LB 87 37.6
Barking and Dagenham LB 196 54.3
Barnet LB 142 23.0
Bexley LB 171 37.3
Brent LB 158 38.2
Bromley LB 211 38.1
Croydon LB 295 45.7
Ealing LB 168 34.1
Enfield LB 208 38.5
Greenwich LB 206 58.6
Harrow LB 87 21.8
Havering LB 170 36.4
Hillingdon LB 164 35.3
Hounslow LB 136 37.4
Kingston upon Thames LB 65 25.7
Merton LB 110 37.9
Redbridge LB 181 34.7
Richmond upon Thames LB 56 19.6
Sutton LB 119 33.3
Waltham Forest LB 206 55.0
Bracknell Forest UA 44 17.9
Brighton and Hove UA 149 36.5
Isle of Wight UA 75 30.4
Medway Towns UA 227 43.0
Milton Keynes UA 177 40.2
Portsmouth UA 159 50.0
Reading UA 107 43.8
Slough UA 78 35.1
Southampton UA 188 49.2
West Berkshire UA 77 21.3
Windsor and Maidenhead UA 32 11.4
Wokingham UA 51 16.9
Buckinghamshire County 234 24.2
East Sussex County 332 35.1
Hampshire County 687 28.9
Kent County 968 34.7
Oxfordshire 302 26.0
Surrey 427 20.7
West Sussex 412 29.1
Bath and North East Somerset UA 71 22.7
Bournemouth UA 105 40.4
Bristol UA 310 50.6
North Somerset UA 123 34.8
Plymouth UA 194 44.3
Poole UA 93 36.2
South Gloucestershire UA 130 27.4
Swindon UA 126 36.3
Torbay UA 131 55.3
Cornwall UA and the Isles of Scilly 292 30.5
Devon County 396 29.7
Dorset County 220 28.1
Gloucestershire 289 25.6
Somerset 314 30.0
Wiltshire UA 283 29.7

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