A 13-year-old boy who fathered a child provoked a fierce political debate today about whether Britain's schools need better sex education.
The case of baby-faced Alfie Patten - who was aged just 12 when the baby was conceived - exemplified the ``complete collapse'' of parts of society, it was claimed.
The news also added to the UK's reputation as Europe's capital for teenage pregnancies.
The debate was sparked after Alfie and 15-year-old Chantelle Steadman brought little Maisie Roxanne into the world at the Eastbourne District General Hospital, East Sussex.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, who runs the Centre for Social Justice think tank, said the birth highlighted another case of ``broken Britain'' where ``anything goes''.