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Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) marriage and (b) divorce rate of each ethnic group was in each year since 1980. (158641)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 October 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary questions asking for marriage and divorce rates for each ethnic group for persons, and then separately for males and females, for each year from 1980 (158641).

In England and Wales the ethnicity of either partner is not recorded at the registration of a marriage nor at the recording of a divorce by the Court Service. I am, therefore, unable to provide you with the statistics you requested.