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Internet Access: Lone Parents

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of lone parents with internet access, broken down by income decile. (181258)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the number of lone parents with internet access, broken down by income decile (181258).

Estimates are not available for income deciles due to incomplete responses from those surveyed and an insufficient sample size. The small sample size also means that the estimate provided below has a wide margin of statistical error associated with it and should be used with caution.

With this caveat in mind, the estimated proportion of lone parents in the UK in 2007 with Internet access is 44 per cent.

More detailed information on Internet access is available in the published tables from the 2007 e-Society module of the Integrated Household Survey. The relevant estimates can be found on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/inta0807.pdf

The e-Society module is used to collect data in the first quarter of the year using the Integrated Household Survey and is the most comprehensive source of household and individual Internet activity in the UK.