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Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate has been made of the number of carers in England. (308148)

The main source of information that the Department uses for the number of carers is the 2001 Census.

Nomis, a web-based database, run by the University of Durham on behalf of the Office for National Statistics, shows that there were 4.85 million carers in England in 2001.