HC Deb 06 July 1984 vol 63 c313W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information his Department has on the numerical and percentage incidence of one-parent families in Dundee and Scotland.

Mr. John MacKay

Answers to the question on relationship in the 1981 census were processed on a 10 per cent. sample basis and no analysis of these is available for Dundee city district. From answers to the questions on age, sex and marital status relating to usual residents of private households which were occupied on census night, it is known that 2,161 (3.2 per cent.) of these households in Dundee city district consisted of one person aged 16 or over and one or more under 16. It is estimated that 4,600 (6.8 per cent.) of the households contained at least one one-parent family with dependent children (under 16 or single students under 25).

The comparable figures for Scotland are 40,455 (2.3 per cent.) and 97,700 (5.5 per cent.), while the estimate of the latter figures derived from the 10 per cent. sample, using the answers to the question on relationship, is 93,600 (5.2 per cent.).