HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc516-8W
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. [96413]

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.

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