Final statistics were published on conceptions for women usually resident in England and Wales in 2006.
Source: Conceptions for Women Resident in England and Wales, 2006, Office for National Statistics (0845 601 3034)
Researchers found that there had been an increase in births (by around 15 per cent) among the groups of women affected by reforms to the system of child-contingent benefits between 1999 and 2003 (including the introduction of working families' tax credit, and an increase in means-tested income support for families with children).
Source: Mike Brewer, Anita Ratcliffe and Sarah Smith, Does Welfare Reform Affect Fertility? Evidence from the UK, Working Paper W08/09, Institute for Fiscal Studies (020 7291 4800)
An article presented the latest figures on male and female life expectancy at birth and at age 65 for local areas in the United Kingdom, constituent countries, and English regions for 2005-2007. The south west, south east, and east of England continued to have the highest life expectancies at birth, while figures were lowest in Scotland, north-west England and Northern Ireland.
Source: Claudia Wells and Emma Gordon, 'Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by local areas in the United Kingdom, 200507', Health Statistics Quarterly 40, Winter 2008, Office for National Statistics, TSO (0870 600 5522)
The total number of abortions in England and Wales in 2007 was 198,500, compared with 193,700 in 2006 – a rise of 2.5 per cent. The under-16 abortion rate was 4.4 per 1,000, and the under-18 rate was 19.8 per 1,000 – both significantly higher than in 2006.
Source: Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2007, Statistical Bulletin 2008/01, Department of Health (08701 555455)
An article explained why the Office for National Statistics had decided to increase the long-term assumption of completed family size in the most recent population projection round.
Source: Julie Jefferies, 'Fertility assumptions for the 2006-based national population projections', Population Trends 131, Spring 2008, Office for National Statistics, Palgrave Macmillan (01256 329242)