§ Mr. Leigh
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the percentage of families with dependent children which are(a) married couples and (b) cohabiting couples in the category of families with dependent children designated as married/cohabiting couple family type for 1995 in table A4 of "Living In Britain". 547W
§ Mrs. Angela Knight
[holding answer 17 March 1997]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Julian Calder to Mr. Edward Leigh, dated 18 March 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked the Director of the Office for National Statistics to reply to your recent question about the percentage of families with dependent children which are either married couples or cohabiting couples. In his absence, the Director has asked me to reply.The following table, taken from the 1995 General Household Survey, provides this information.
Family type and marital status of lone mothers: families with dependent children, Great Britain 1995 Number Per cent. Married couple 2,153 71 Cohabiting couple 207 7 Lone mother 610 20 single 237 8 widowed 30 1 divorced 207 7 separated 136 5 Lone father 52 2 All lone families 662 22 Base 3,022