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Heating: Fuel Oil

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households that use heating oil as the main means of heating their homes in (a) the UK and (b) each nation and region of the UK. (200269)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated April 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the number of households that use heating oil as the main means of heating their homes in (a) the UK and (b) each nation and region of the UK (200269).

Estimates for this response are based on data collected from the Expenditure and Food Survey, which is a sample survey covering approximately 7,000 households in the United Kingdom. The table below shows the estimated number of households who use heating oil for their central heating. Due to the small sample size for individual regions, an average for the years 2003/04 to 2005/06 has been provided to give reliable estimates of the use of heating oil in each nation and region of the United Kingdom.

Average number of households using heating oil for central heating—United Kingdom,2003-04 to 2005-06

Thousands

Region1

Heating oil only

Solid fuel and heating oil

Total2

North East

21

0

21

North West and Merseyside

58

2

61

Yorkshire and The Humber

39

4

43

East Midlands

78

3

81

West Midlands

49

1

50

Eastern

199

4

203

London

12

1

13

South East

139

2

141

South West

187

11

198

England

781

29

810

Wales

90

8

97

Scotland

111

2

113

Northern Ireland

483

4

487

United Kingdom

1,465

43

1,508

1 Government office region. 2 Figures may not add due to rounding. Source: Office for National Statistics.