§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teenage pregnancies there were in(a) West Sussex and (b) England in (i) 2001–01, (ii) 2001–02 and (iii) 2002–03. 
§ Ruth Kelly
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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tim Lough ton, dated 8 September 2003:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many teenage pregnancies there were in (a) West Sussex and (b) England in (i) 2000–01, (ii) 2001–02 and (iii) 2002–03.The numbers of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales are compiled routinely by calendar years. The latest year for which figures are available is 2001. For this purpose, a teenage pregnancy is defined as a conception to a girl aged under 18. This includes pregnancies resulting in live births, still births and abortions, but not miscarriages prior to 24 weeks gestation.The information available is shown in the table below.
Conceptions to girls aged under 18 in West Sussex and England,
2000 20011 West Sussex 411 407 England 8,700 8,439 1 Figures for 2001 are provisional