HC Deb 24 February 1983 vol 37 c511W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest figure for the number of single parent families in the United Kingdom; and how this compares with corresponding figures five and 10 years previously.

Mr. Newton

Preliminary estimates, subject to revision in the light of detailed results from the 1981 census, suggest that there were about 900,000 single-parent families in Great Britain in April 1981. The estimates for mid-1976 and mid-1971 were 750,000 and 570,000 respectively.