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Release: Conception Statistics, England and Wales, 2012

Released: 25 February 2014 Next edition: 24 February 2015


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Births and Fertility, Conception and Fertility Rates, Conceptions

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Provides estimated numbers of conceptions, conception rates and the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion by age of woman at conception. Also includes teenage conception statistics for women aged under 18 and under 16 by local authority area.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to conception statistics, please see Conceptions Metadata 2012 (143.5 Kb Pdf) and Conceptions Quality and Methodology Information document (131.5 Kb Pdf) .

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide provisional quarterly and annual conception statistics for England and Wales by age of woman at conception.

Quarterly Conceptions to Women aged under 18 provides provisional quarterly statistics on the number of conceptions to women aged under 18 by regions and other local authority areas within England and Wales.

There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in conceptions to be analysed at the local level.

Annual abortion statistics are published by the Department of Health. These statistics are based on date of occurrence, whereas ONS conception statistics are based on estimated date of conception.

Scottish conception figures are available for women aged under 16, under 18 and under 20. There are no comparable statistics for Northern Ireland.

 We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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