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Fuels: Prices

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of (a) the average household fuel bill and (b) the average household fuel bill as a proportion of household income in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by region. (204554)

[holding answer 9 May 2008]: Estimates for this response are based on data collected through the Expenditure and Food Survey. The average household fuel bill and average disposable income are available in the Family Spending 2007 publication, available online at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Family_Spending_200607/FamilySpending2007_web.pdf

This shows detailed household expenditure by UK countries and Government office regions in 2006 and the following has been derived from table A37 and A44.

Government office region

Average annual fuel bill (£)

Annual fuel bill as a percentage of disposable income

United Kingdom

826.30

3.0

North East

750.60

3.5

North West

814.30

3.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

810.30

3.3

East Midlands

775.80

3.0

West Midlands

827.50

3.3

East

847.90

3.1

London

751.70

2.2

South East

830.10

2.6

South West

803.50

3.0

England

805.00

2.9

Wales

868.20

3.7

Scotland

895.80

3.4

Northern Ireland

1,211.10

4.9