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Fuel Poverty

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in each parliamentary constituency were in fuel poverty in each year since 2001. (134612)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: Fuel poverty statistics are currently only available at Government office region level. Latest available figures are sourced from the 2004 English House Condition Survey. Figures for fuel poverty in each of the Government office regions in 2001, 2003 and 2004 are given as follows. Figures for other years are not available.

2001

2003

2004

North East

127,000

95,000

103,000

Yorkshire and Humber

232,000

180,000

163,000

North West

313,000

178,000

190,000

East Midlands

156,000

112,000

101,000

West Midlands

213,000

146,000

153,000

South West

212,000

139,000

134,000

East of England

137,000

115,000

141,000

South East

205,000

149,000

133,000

London

151,000

108,000

119,000

Small variations between years may be due to sampling variability, rather than underlying trends in the data.

A fuel poverty indicator giving estimates of the level of fuel poverty in small areas of England is due to be launched on 25 May 2007. These will be published at lower super output area, a geography that splits England into 32,482 areas.