§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Beggs, dated 5 January 2004:
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many teenage pregnancies there were in the last 12 months. (145316)
In 2001, the latest year for which provisional figures are available, there were 40,966 teenage pregnancies in England and Wales (pregnancies at ages under 18).
Estimates for March quarter 2002, based on incomplete abortion data, were published in Health Statistics Quarterly 20, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the Houses.