HC Deb 18 March 1997 vol 292 cc547-8W
Mr. Leigh

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the percentage of households headed by a person who is(a) married, (b) co-habiting, (c) single, (d) widowed, (e) divorced, (f) separated and (g) co-habiting with someone of the same sex.[20375]

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 Colder 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 on the marital status of the heads of households. In his absence, the Director has asked me to reply. The following table, derived from the 1995 General Household Survey, gives the information requested.

Marital status of head of household Frequency (per cent.)
Married 54
Cohabiting 6
Single 14
Widowed 14
Divorced 8
Separated 3
Same-sex cohabiting 1
1 Estimated at 0.1 per cent.