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Lone Parents: Employment

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of single parents in Lancashire who have children aged between 11 and 16 years are in employment. (125289)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 8 March 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the percentage of single parents in employment with dependent children aged between 11 and 16 years. I am replying in her absence. (125289)

The estimate of lone parents of working age who are in employment with dependent children aged between 11 and 15 years for Lancashire is 7,000 and the percentage in employment is 68.1 per cent. for the three months ending June 2006. These estimates are not seasonally adjusted. Sixteen year olds have been excluded from these estimates as not all 16 year olds are dependent on their parents so they are treated differently in the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which has been used to answer this question.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. This is particularly true for a geographical area as small as the county of Lancashire.