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Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children were living in households in poverty in Peterborough constituency in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; (178645)

(2) how many people in the Peterborough City Council area were living in a household where the income was less than 40 per cent. of median income in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not available below the level of Government office region.

Our child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series, allow a breakdown of child poverty by Government office region. However, we do not present information covering 40 per cent. of median income, or any lower thresholds, in our HBAI publication as it is not a reliable measure of poverty.