§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Secretary of Stare for Social Services what information he has as to how many girls aged under 16 years are given contraceptive advice or treatment in family planning clinics without parental consent.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
In 1984 17,400 girls under 16 were seen in family planning clinics in England. Information on parental consent is not collected, but Departmental guidance makes it very clear that only exceptional cases should doctors or other professionals act without it.