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Married People

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many adults were living in marriage in each year since 1980; and if she will make a statement. (310670)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many adults were living in marriage in each year since 1980. (310670)

The attached table shows the married population aged 16 and over, resident in Great Britain, for the years 1981, 1986 and annually from 1991 to 2008. Estimates of the married population are not available for all years in the 1980s.

These figures are based on the mid-year population estimates and mid-2008 is the latest year for which data are available. They relate to Great Britain rather than the United Kingdom because population estimates by marital status are not available for Northern Ireland.

Mid-year married population aged 16 and over, resident in Great Britain

Married persons (thousand) aged 16+

1980

19811

26,934

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

26,249

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

25,799

1992

25,645

1993

25,484

1994

25,326

1995

25,156

1996

24,993

1997

24,817

1998

24,668

1999

24,555

2000

24,466

2001

24,425

2002

24,301

2003

24,177

2004

24,060

2005

23,991

2006

23,886

2007

23,797

2008

23,740

1 Scottish data for 1981 is taken from the 1981 Census and refers to the married population on 5 April.

Sources:

Office for National Statistics (ONS) and

General Register Office for Scotland (GROS)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many married couples (a) are both over the age of 65, (b) are both in work, (c) are living apart, (d) have no children and (e) have one or more children under the age of five; and if she will make a statement. [Official Report, 15 March 2010, Vol. 507, c. 15-16MC.] (310671)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many married couples (a) are both over the age of 65, (b) are both in work, (c) are living apart, (d) have no children and (e) have one or more children under the age of five; and if she will make a statement. (310671)

The latest, available information requested is given in the table attached. The figures are from ONS's Annual Population Survey (APS) household datasets for the period January to December 2008. Information on the number of couples living apart is not collected and is therefore not presented.

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

Table:1 Number of married couples1 by various characteristics, United Kingdom, January to December 2008

Number of people (thousand)

Number of married couples

12,170

of whom

both are over the age of 65

2,060

both are in employment

5,270

have no children

6,040

have one or more children under the age of five

1,730

1 Excludes cohabiting and same sex couples.

Source:

APS household datasets (ONS).