UK retailer Tesco has decided not to go ahead with its plan to dispense emergency contraception in the shape of the morning after pill to under 16s.

The group said customer pressure had led it to rethink the scheme, as some consumers said they were concerned at the idea of young girls being given the pill with the knowledge or consent of their parents.

However, the UK Department of Health said it would still back a trial programme to dispense the pill without prescription, as a national survey showed that fewer than one in five parents were "against providing contraceptive advice to under-16s".

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