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Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) couples had at least one child below the age of five in (i) Basingstoke constituency, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) England in each year for which figures are available. (202989)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) couples had at least one child below the age of five years in (i) Basingstoke, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) England in each year for which figures are available. (202989)

The requested counts for Local Authorities/Parliamentary Constituencies are only available from the Census. Figures from earlier Censuses would only be available at disproportionate cost. The figures from the 2001 Census are provided below:

Area

Lone parent families with at least one dependent child aged 0 to 4

Percentage of all families with dependent children, who are lone parent families with at least one dependent child aged 0 to 4

Couple families with at least one dependent child aged 0 to 4

Percentage of all families with dependent children who, are couple families with at least one dependent child aged 0 to 4

England

503,391

8.4

1,810,063

30.1

Hampshire

8,478

5.6

48,421

31.9

Basingstoke and Deane District

1,274

6.5

6,620

33.9

Basingstoke Parliamentary Constituency

1,033

7.5

4,640

33.8

Notes:

1. A dependent child is a person in a household aged 0 to 15 (whether or not in a family) or a person aged 16 to 18 who is a full-time student in a family with parent(s).

2. A family comprises a group of people consisting of a married or cohabiting couple with or without child(ren), or a lone parent with child(ren). It also includes a married or cohabiting couple with their grandchild(ren) or a lone grandparent with his or her grandchild(ren) where there are no children in the intervening generation in the household. Cohabiting couples include same sex couples. Children in a couple family need not belong to both members of the couple.

3. The counts for Hampshire exclude the Unitary Authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton.

Source:

2001 Census Tables S007 and CAS007