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Population Statistics

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population of (a) England, (b) Surrey, (c) Reigate constituency and (d) the borough of Reigate and Banstead is aged over 65 years. (96329)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 23 October 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question about the percentage of the population of (a) England, (b) Surrey, (c) Reigate constituency and (d) Borough of Reigate and Banstead that is aged over 65 years. I am replying in her absence. (96329)

The latest available population estimates for England, Surrey and the Borough of Reigate and Banstead are the mid-2005 population estimates. These estimates are shown below in table 1, along with the estimated number and percentage of the population aged 65 years and over. Population estimates are not produced for parliamentary constituencies. For this reason, the latest data available for Reigate constituency are from the 2001 Census. These data are given below in table 2.

Table 1: Total population and percentage of population of those aged 65 and over Mid-2005 population estimate

Local Authority

Total population

Population aged 65+

Percentage population aged 65+

England

50,431

8,058,100

16.0

Surrey

1,075,500

176,900

16.4

Borough of Reigate and Banstead

127,200

20,700

16.3

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Source:

Office for National Statistics

Table 2: Total population and percentage of population of those aged 65 and over, based on the 2001 Census

Parliamentary constituency

Total population

Population aged 65+

Percentage population aged 65+

Reigate constituency

87,665

14,569

16.6

Note: The data have been taken from KS02 in the Census 2001 Report for Parliamentary Constituencies which is available in the House of Commons Library. Source: Office for National Statistics.