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Employment: Lone Parents

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents were in work on the most recent date for which figures are available. (257315)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents are in work on the most recent date for which figures are available. (257315)

The information requested is given in the table attached. The figures in the table are estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets available for the three month period ending in June of each year requested.

The LFS is a sample survey covering over 53,000 households in the United Kingdom, in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Working-age1 lone parents with dependent children2 in employment

Level (thousand)

April-June 1998

778

April-June 2005

1,023

April-June 2008

1,040

1 Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.

2 Children under 16 and those aged 16-18 who are never-married and in full-time education.

Source:

Labour Force Survey