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Household Condition Survey

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) increase the number of households included in the Northern Ireland Household Condition Survey, (b) add energy and income datasets to the Northern Ireland census and (c) include energy and income datasets in surveying for community planning under new local government arrangements. (75588)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) For the 2006 Northern Ireland House Condition Survey the Housing Executive increased the sample size to 7,250 dwellings (compared to 3,000 in the interim House Condition Survey of 2004), making it broadly comparable to the sample used in the full survey of 2001.

(b) No decisions on question topics and content for the 2011 census have yet been taken. Proposals for the 2011 census will be brought forward in a White Paper, probably in 2008, drawing on consultation with users, testing of options and the balancing of competing requirements. The issues of energy and income were raised by users during recent consultation on the content of the next census. A planned census test in 2007 will include a question on income.

(c) Strategic Community Planning Partnerships within the new councils will seek to utilise all available relevant information, data and research to inform how the situation within their localities can be improved for the benefit of all citizens.