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Pregnancy figures to be released

Figures revealing how many young girls are falling pregnant are soon to be published.

It is thought the figures will show the government has missed its target to halve teenage pregnancy rates among girls under 18.

A 2004 pledge to slash the rates by 15% on 1998's figures was previously missed.

Last February, figures for England revealed an under-18 pregnancy rate of 41.7 per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 17 - showing a fall of 10.7% on 1998.

In 2007, the conception rate for girls younger than 16 in England was 8.3 per 1,000 girls aged 13 to 15. This was 6.4% lower than in 1998.

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