Written Answers. - Birth Levels.

Frances Fitzgerald

Ceist:

282 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of births to those under age 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 years of age in each of the years 1980 to 2000; if this information is available by health board and county basis; and if he will outline this information and the socio-economic and family circumstances. [23128/00]

Data on births are published in the annual and quarterly reports on vital statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office. The most recent figures available refer to the first quarter of 2000. The number of births in Ireland to mothers aged under 23 years is set out in the following table for 1980 to 2000. Data by health board, county and marital status of mother are being compiled at present and will be forwarded to the Deputy in the near future. Further information on family and socio-economic circumstances is not routinely available.

The ESRI has responsibility for the perinatal reporting system which collects additional data on occupation and maternal characteristics. It is at present analysing data for the period 1994 to 1999.

Number of Births to Mothers Aged Under 23 Years, 1980 to 2000

Year

15 Years and Under

16 Years

17 Years

18 Years

19 Years

20 Years

21 Years

22 Years

Total Under 23 Years

1980

63

196

533

1,023

1,765

2,308

2,708

3,341

11,937

1981

60

202

502

1,056

1,695

2,196

2,796

3,144

11,651

1982

70

166

495

1,027

1,531

2,033

2,604

3,061

10,987

1983

47

157

484

900

1,392

1,884

2,243

2,896

10,003

1984

49

172

418

835

1,413

1,738

2,273

2,649

9,547

1985

41

155

413

803

1,229

1,619

1,914

2,415

8,589

1986

34

163

425

816

1,180

1,497

1,942

2,234

8,291

1987

50

144

415

848

1,105

1,384

1,653

2,078

7,677

1988

57

153

387

800

1,059

1,310

1,502

1,861

7,129

1989

52

164

400

705

1,058

1,159

1,398

1,562

6,498

1990

66

178

458

790

1,176

1,239

1,345

1,588

6,840

1991

54

194

459

887

1,184

1,372

1,392

1,626

7,168

1992

47

188

461

806

1,212

1,342

1,309

1,477

6,842

1993

56

177

452

780

1,138

1,237

1,318

1,378

6,536

1994

67

182

396

748

1,024

1,138

1,294

1,423

6,272

1995

53

206

431

782

995

1,172

1,312

1,389

6,340

1996

49

220

499

866

1,129

1,274

1,397

1,434

6,868

1997

56

207

516

944

1,171

1,282

1,369

1,306

6,851

1998

48

218

572

976

1,324

1,390

1,388

1,448

7,364

1999

70

227

526

1,095

1,383

1,530

1,394

1,455

7,680

January to March 2000

13

69

131

276

369

405

390

387

2,040

Note: Figures for 1997 to 2000 are provisional based on year of registration.
Source: Central Statistics Office.
Question No. 283 taken with Question No. 280.