HC Deb 20 April 1982 vol 22 c83W
Mr. Race

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the incidence of single parents in each local authority with social services responsibility in Scotland.

Mr. John MacKay

[pursuant to his reply, 7 April 1982, c. 394]: The only figures currently available for local authority areas with social services responsibilities are from the 1981 census. They relate to the numbers of private households in which there were usually resident only one person aged 16 years or over with one or more children aged under 16. Most of these would be one-parent families; however, the figure may account for only about one half of all one-parent families, as some contain children aged 16 or over and others live in households containing relatives of the parent or other adults.

1981 Census: households with only one adult plus one or more children aged under 16
Area Number Per cent, of households
Scotland 40,455 2.3
Borders 599 1.6
Central 2,148 2.3
Dumfries and Galloway 874 1.7
Fife 2,666 2.3
Grampian 3,223 1.9
Highland 1,238 1.9
Lothian 6,361 2.4
Strathclyde 19,461 2.4
Tayside 3,558 2.5
Islands Areas:
Orkney 108 1.6
Shetland 91 1.2
Western Isles 128 1.3