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Families

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under 11 years of age live in single-parent families in (a) Bassetlaw constituency and (b) England. (225344)

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 October2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many children under 11 years live in single-parent families in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) England. (225344)

Using the Annual Population Survey household dataset for January to December 2007, the figures to the nearest thousand, are as follows:

Area

Number of children under 11 in single-parent families in 2007

England

1,383,000

Bassetlaw constituency

3,000

The APS household datasets are designed for analyses at the family and household levels and for person-level analyses involving the characteristics of the families and households in which people live. More information can be found here:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=15150

As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty as different samples give different results.