Mr. Michael J. Foster
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average gross weekly household income was for each county in England for the latest year for which data are available. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.517W
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Michael J. Foster, dated 9 November 1999:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent question on average gross weekly household income for each county in England, for the latest available year.The latest figures published by the ONS for household income by county are for 1995 and were published in Table 9 of "Regional Accounts 1995: part 2, Economic Trends no. 535, June 1998". Estimates for household income by region, up to 1997, were published in "Regional Accounts 1997: part 2, Economic Trends no. 551, October 1999". Both of these publications are available in the House of Commons Library. Sub-regional estimates of household income in the future will be based on different geographies, owing largely to the reorganisation of local government throughout Great Britain. The first estimates on this basis will be published in the first half of 2000, and will include data for more recent years.The figures available relate to the income of the household sector, as defined for the purposes of national and regional accounts. In addition to private households, this includes charities, voluntary and other non-profit organisations, and quasi-corporations.The published figures are normally presented in terms of total annual household income per head of population. The 1995 total income estimates figures, converted to weekly averages for all English counties, are given in the attached table.
Total household income per head by county, 1995 £ per head per week Avon 190 Bedfordshire 209 Berkshire 237 Buckinghamshire 238 Cambridgeshire 210 Cheshire 201 Cleveland 169 Cornwall 183 Cumbria 190 Derbyshire 179 Devon 187 Dorset 201 Durham 171 East Sussex 207 Essex 212 Gloucestershire 207 Greater Manchester 175 Hampshire 210 Hereford and Worcester 200 Hertfordshire 239 Humberside 177 Isle of Wight 189 Kent 203 Lancashire 176 Leicestershire 189 Lincolnshire 199 London 233 Merseyside 170 Norfolk 193 Northamptonshire 197 Northumberland 201 North Yorkshire 219 Nottinghamshire 179 Oxfordshire 219 Shropshire 197 Somerset 196 South Yorkshire 167 Staffordshire 186 Suffolk 191 Surrey 251 Tyne & Wear 163
Total household income per head by county, 1995 £ per head per week Warwickshire 210 West Midlands 172 West Sussex 219 West Yorkshire 179 Wiltshire 225
Regional Accounts part 2, Table 9, Economic trends no. 535, June 1998