HC Deb 24 February 1998 vol 307 cc208-9W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her answer of 21 January 1998,Official Report, column 566 what is the average age of lone mothers included in each survey used for the table on Lone Mother Labour Participation. [27114]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out. The original data source for the written answer on 21 January 1998 "The employment of lone parents: a comparison of policy in 20 countries" by J. Bradshaw, S. Kennedy, M. Kilkey, S. Hutton, A. Corden, T. Eardley, H. Holmes and J. Neale also gives figures for the percentage of lone parents under the age of 25 in paid employment for some EC countries.

  • Spain: 78 per cent.
  • Portugal: 68 per cent.
  • Italy: 67 per cent.
  • Germany: 53 per cent.
  • Netherlands: 22 per cent.
  • UK: 19 per cent.
  • Norway: 17 per cent.