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Children

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the proportion of children brought up in (a) two parent families and (b) single parent families in each ethnic group in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (201194)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 April 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the proportion of children brought up in (a) two parent families and (b) single parent families in each ethnic group in the latest period for which figures are available. (201194)

The proportion of dependent children in families in the UK can be estimated using the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Table 1 is based on the latest UK family estimates for 2007 and shows the percentage of dependent children in lone parent and couple families according to the ethnicity of the child.

Table 1: Percentage of dependent children in UK families by ethnicity of child, 2007

Couple

Lone parent

White

77

23

Mixed

61

39

Asian or Asian British

85

15

Black or Black British

50

50

Chinese

78

22

Other ethnic group

68

32

Total

76

24

Note:

This table excludes children not in a family and children whose ethnicity was not available

Source:

LFS quarterly data, April to June, not seasonally adjusted