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Population

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the population density of (a) Bridgend, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) the UK was in each year since 1995; (191158)

(2) what forecasts he has made of population density in Bridgend in (a) 2031 and (b) 2056 based on statistics from the (i) Government Actuary Department and (ii) the Office of National Statistics.

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 3 March 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your questions concerning population density:

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population density of (a) Bridgend, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) the UK was in each year since 1995 (191158)

To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, what forecasts he has made of population density in Bridgend in (a) 2031 and (b) 2056 based on statistics from the (i) Government Actuaries Department and (ii) the office for National Statistics.

I am replying in her absence.

The table below shows population density figures calculated for each mid-year estimate from 1995 to 2006 for the areas requested. Mid-2006 are the latest population density estimates available.

Subnational population projections within Wales are a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. They advise that Population projections are not currently published at local authority level for Wales. Projections are available at regional level. The Welsh Assembly Government plan to publish population projections at local authority level in summer 2008.

Population density for mid-year estimates 1995 to 2006

Persons per square kilometre

Area

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

United Kingdom

239

240

240

241

242

243

244

245

246

247

248

250

England

371

372

374

375

376

378

380

381

383

385

387

390

Wales

139

139

140

140

140

140

140

141

141

142

142

143

Bridgend UA

516

513

510

513

513

511

513

516

519

523

525

529

Sources:

Office for National Statistics

General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency