§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conceptions by girls under the age of 16 there were by region(a) expressed as a percentage of under-16s and (b) the total number, in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest year in which figures are available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many conceptions to girls under the age of 16 there were by region (a) expressed as a percentage of under 16s and (b) the total number, in descending order according to percentage for the latest year in which figures are available. (30599)The figures requested are given in the table below:
Conceptions to girls aged under 16 by Government Office Region (GOR), England, 1999 GOR Number of conceptions to girls under 16 Girls conceiving under 161as percentage of population North East 499 1.00 Yorkshire and the Humber 919 0.98 London 1,058 0.89 North West 1,178 0.88 West Midlands 890 0.88 East Midlands 616 0.80 South West 658 0.75 South East 963 0.67 Eastern 627 0.65 1The population at risk of conceiving under 16 is conventionally taken to be girls aged 13–15
Office for National Statistics