HC Deb 15 December 1989 vol 163 c843W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the resident population of a health district is assessed; and whether the student population, where substantial, is included in the resident population.

Mr. Freeman

The estimated population of a health district includes all those usually resident there, whatever their nationality; students are taken to be resident at their term-time address and members of Her Majesty's and non-United Kingdom armed forces in England and Wales are included at their station. The current series of estimates is derived from the 1981 census of population and then updated annually to allow for subsequent births, deaths, and migration (including students). In addition, annual adjustments are also made for changes in the numbers of stationed armed forces and their dependents, and boarding school children.