HC Deb 03 February 1984 vol 53 cc404-5W
Mr. Hargreaves

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the total numbers of children under the age of 16 years who were prescribed contraceptive drugs or devices under the National Health Service in each of the years since 1970; and in how many of these cases the parents of the children were consulted beforehand.

Mr. Bellingham

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether his Department requires statistics relating to the number of under 16-year-olds given contraceptive advice and treatment to be kept by National Health Service clinics.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Health authorities have been required to send in statistics showing the numbers of children under 16 seen at family planning clinics and on domiciliary visits since 1976. The figures for the years 1976 to 1982 are as follows:

England only (000's)
Family planning clinics Domiciliary visits by family planning staff
1976 8.0 0.2
1977 9.4 0.2
1978 9.7 0.2
1979 10.6 0.2
1980 12.1 0.2
1981 14.3 0.2
1982 15.8 0.2

Information on the number of children under 16 receiving contraceptive advice from general practitioners and the other information requested is not available centrally.