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Family Statistics

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families there were in each region in England and Wales with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children, (f) six to eight children, (g) eight to 10 children and (h) more than 10 children in each year since 1997. (75627)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 12 June 2006:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for how many families there were in each region in England and Wales with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children, (f) six to eight children, (g) eight to 10 children and (h) more than 10 children in each year since 1997. (75627)

Reliable estimates of larger families at regional level are only available from the census. The attached table shows the number of families in the 2001 Census by number of dependent children (this excludes children aged over 18 and those who are aged 16-18 who were married or were not in full-time education). As there were few families with more than 10 dependent children (59 in all of England and Wales) these figures cannot be released by region for reasons of confidentiality.

Families with dependent children: by number of dependent children and region: England and Wales, 2001

Families with the following number of dependent children:

Region

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six or seven

Eight or more

All families with dependent children

North East

147,154

122,378

36,188

8,854

1,961

578

85

317,198

North West

375,465

329,321

111,323

29,764

6,699

2,369

260

855,201

Yorkshire and the Humber

266,156

244,522

78,401

21,324

5,123

1,707

181

617,414

East Midlands

216,851

209,169

66,527

15,860

3,117

1,023

76

512,623

West Midlands

283,861

256,546

87,715

25,452

5,727

2,107

220

661,628

East

263,605

272,585

90,248

21,298

4,012

1,250

99

653,097

London

380,469

319,336

122,287

35,432

7,897

2,932

450

868,803

South East

387,922

398.913

131,558

131,772

5,789

1,749

138

957,841

South West

233,842

235,969

75,430

18,528

3,374

989

85

568,217

Wales/Cymru

159,913

141,835

47,786

12,059

2,355

675

54

364,677

England and Wales

2,715,238

2,530,574

847,463

22,0343

46,054

15,379

1,648

6,376,699

Notes:

1. A family consists of a couple (married or cohabiting) with or without children, or a lone-parent and their children.

2. A dependent child is a person in a household aged 0 to 15 (whether or not in a family) or a person aged 16 to 18 who is not married and is a full-time student in a family with parent(s).

Source:

Census, April 2001, Office for National Statistics