Asked what the Government was doing about teenage pregnancy and whether the Prime Minister was dismayed at the high rates the PMOS said that Beverley Hughes had responded in a very intelligent way at lunchtime to questions about this. What she had said was that first of all we needed to recognise that the figures showed a slight increase and we should not get that out of proportion, though any increase was disturbing. Secondly the Government would not buck its responsibility through the education system in this area and thirdly the evidence suggested that the people who had the most influence on this were parents. This was because it was parents that teenagers felt most comfortable talking to about these issues. Therefore that was where the primary responsibility lied. This was not bucking the Governments responsibility but parents should respect their responsibility too.
Asked, in relation to the Prime Minister’s strong point about parents backing teachers at school, whether he would devote a specific speech or initiative in order to bring all these points together, the PMOS said that he thought it was right to highlight the Prime Minister’s thought pattern in this area. If you went back to the speech he made in Downing Street after the election he had said that Government had to accept responsibility for what it could do, but equally Government had to accept that there were limits to what it could do. Therefore that did place some responsibility on parents in particular. No doubt this was an area that he would return to again.
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