HC Deb 18 April 1994 vol 241 c401W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of Stale for Health what instructions she gave when commissioning the 1992 health survey for England from the social surveys division of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys; on the inclusion or exclusion of income and class in its analysis.

Mr. Sackville

In the report of the 1992 "Health Survey for England," copies of which are available in the Library, social class as well as other socio-economic indicators such as economic activity or employment status, housing tenure, marital status, ethnic group and household type is discussed in the text where significant findings have emerged. Data on income are not collected in the health survey. The information collected has to be limited because of the need to keep interviews to a reasonable length, concentrating on the main purpose for which the survey was set up.

A full data set for the 1992 survey for general access will be lodged with the Economic and Social Research Centre archive in due course.