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Married People

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many married couples there are in the UK; and how many such couples there are where both persons are under the age of 65, have not remarried, are living together in the same residence have children under the age of 18, and are not both in employment; and if she will make a statement. (312613)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2010:

The Director General for the Office for National Statistics has been asked to reply to your request asking how many married couples there are in the UK; and how many such couples there are where both persons are under the age of 65, have not remarried, are living together in the same residence, have children under the age of 18, and are not both in employment; and if she will make a statement. I am replying in his absence. (312613)

The number and type of families in the UK can be estimated using Annual Population Survey (APS) household data. The table below shows 2008 estimates from the APS for the family types requested. It is not possible to estimate from this source whether couples have or have not remarried. In addition, figures are based on dependent children (children aged under 16 and those aged 16 to 18 who have never married and are in full time education) rather than all children under the age of 18.

For information, the estimate of married couples includes all married couples with and without children, and is the same as given in the letter from the Director General in Official Report 504, column 51.

Type of family

Number of couples in the UK (thousand)

Married couples

12,170

Married couples with all of the following characteristics: both persons are under the age of 65, the couple are living together in the same residence, the couple have dependent children, one or neither partners in the couple are in employment

1,388

Note:

These estimates do not include civil partnered or same-sex cohabiting couples.

Source:

APS household data, January to December 2008, not seasonally adjusted