HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 cc522-3W
Mr. Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each of the last 30 years the numbers of households headed by a full-time worker(a) with children and (b) without children. [112163]

Miss Melanie Johnson

[holding answer 2 March 2000]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Frank Field, dated 6 March 2000: The Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been asked to reply to your parliamentary question about the number of households headed by a full-time worker. I am replying in Dr Holt's absence. In August 1998 the ONS introduced Labour Force Survey (LFS) databases especially designed for analyses of labour market data on households. Estimates form the LFS using these databases giving the number of households headed by a full-time employee or self-employed person with children and without children are given in the attached table. However, the household datasets are only available for 1990 and from 1992 onwards. The analyses have been restricted to working-age households, which are defined as households including at least one person of working age, i.e. a man aged 16 to 64 and a woman aged 16 to 59.

Working-age 1 households 2 with a head of household in full-time

work3, by whether with dependent children 4 or not

UK, spring quarters, 1990, and 1992 to 1999, not seasonally


Spring Total With dependent children 5 Without dependent children6
1990 12,088 5,458 6,630
1992 11,804 5,140 6,664
1993 11,728 5,110 6,618
1994 11,855 5,108 6,747
1995 12,057 5,195 6,862
1996 11,817 5,143 6,674
1997 11,858 5,211 6,647
1998 12,058 5,247 6,811
1999 12,122 5,300 6,822
1 Working age households are defined as those having at least one person of working age, i.e. men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.
2 Figures have not been adjusted to take account of heads of households with unknown economic activity.
3 Employees and self-employed only.
4 Dependent children are those aged 0 to 15, or those aged 16 to 18 and in full-time education.
5 Totals include households with dependent and non-dependent children.
6 Totals include households with non-dependent children.


Labour Force Survey Household Datasets, ONS

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