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One-Parent Families

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of' State for Wales what information he has as to the number of households in (a) Clwyd and (h) Wales which are one-parent families; and how many of them are (i) divorced mothers, (ii) separated mothers, (iii) unmarried mothers, (iv) divorced fathers and (v) widowed mothers.

Estimates based upon information from the 1984 and 1985 labour force surveys in which some 3,000 households in Wales were sampled each year, are as follows. The samples are too small to provide reliable estimates of numbers of lone fathers in Wales or of lone parents in Clwyd.

Estimated lone mothers1 in Wales, 1984 and 1985


Divorced mothers22,000
Single mothers9,000
Separated/Widowed mothers12,000

1 Excludes households where cohabiting couples declared themselves to be "common-law married". Dependent children are denned as aged under 16 or never married and 16 to 18 and in full-time education.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many one-parent families in (a) Clwyd and (b) Wales in each year from 1981 to 1985, inclusive, included a head of the household who was unemployed.

The information requested is not available. However, the 1981 census of population recorded 1,528 unemployed heads of lone adult households with children in Wales, of whom 195 lived in Clwyd.