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One-Parent Families

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many single-parent households were headed by (a) teenage women and (b) teenage men in (i) 1979 and (ii) 1991 or the latest available date.

[holding answer 21 July 1993]: The 1991 census recorded 2,172 households in Scotland consisting of one female aged 16 to 19 and one or more children aged under 16. The corresponding number of households headed by a male aged 16 to 19 was 42. The eldest person may or may not be the parent of the others.Families headed by someone aged 16 to 19 but living with other adults are not included. Further information on such families will be contained in the 1991 census report on household and family composition (10 per cent.), which is due to be published in spring 1994.Comparable figures are not available for 1979 nor from the 1981 census.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many single-parent families there were in (a) 1979 and (b) 1991 or at the latest available date.

[holding answer 21 July 1993]: It is estimated from the 1991 census that there were 132,000 lone parent families with dependent children in Scotland. Comparable figures are not available for 1979 and data from the 1981 census for lone parent families are not directly comparable owing to a different treatment of co-habitation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the percentage of people who are single parents in such age groups as he has available.

[holding answer 21 July 1993]: Estimates for Scotland of the number of lone parents are available only from the census of population. Relevant information

31 December 199231 March 1993
Total1Geriatric long-stayPsycho-geriatricTotalGeriatric long-stayPsycho-geriatric
Lothian Health Board area of treatment1,9339749591,852917914
Edinburgh Priority Services Unit696305391642275367
Western General Hospital Unit1412411713215117
East and Midlothian Unit559311248532284248
Edinburgh Child Health Unit
Royal Infirmary and Associated Hospitals Unit1951752019517520
West Lothian Unit342159183350168182
1 Average available staffed beds.
Substantial additional resources of £81 million have already been provided to local authorities to implement the community care proposals. This will increase to £106 million in 1994–95 and £158 million in 1995–96. In

from the 1991 census is not currently available, but will be contained in the 1991 census report on household and family composition (10 per cent.), which is due to be published in spring 1994.