Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
Presents annual statistics on conceptions to women usually resident in England and Wales.
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 2011 (123.6 Kb Pdf) and Conceptions Quality and Methodology Information document (128.1 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. The tool will be updated in Summer/Autumn 2013 to include revised rates for 2002-2010 and rates for 2011.
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. User Engagement in the Health and Life Events Division (95.1 Kb Pdf) outlines the divisional approach to user engagement.
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:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.