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One-Parent Families

Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of families in (a) England and (b) Manchester consisted of one-parent families at the latest date for which figures are available and three years previously.

The latest available information at local authority level is given by the 1981 census and refers to households that contain at least one one-parent family with dependent children as a proportion of all households with dependent children. Though the definitions do not correspond exactly with those used by the Finer committee, the proportions at national level taken from the census are not thought to differ greatly.Provisional estimates of the percentage of families with dependent children aged under 25 which were one-parent families, based on the 1981 census:

As a percentage of
households with dependent childrenall households
Manchester metropolitan district259
Greater Manchester (Metropolitan County)166

Strictly comparable figures for earlier years are not available, but from other sources it is estimated that for England as a whole the figure in 1978 was some 12 per cent.