§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children there were whose parents are divorced by region expressed(a) as a percentage of all children and (b) the total number, in descending order according to percentage for the latest year in which figures are available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As Director of the Office of National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on the number of children there were whose parents are divorced by region (a) expressed as a percentage and (b) the total number, in descending order according to percentage for the latest year in which figures are available. (30600).Estimated numbers for the United Kingdom for 2000, derived from the Labour Force Survey1, are as follows.
Dependent children2living in divorced lone parent families3 Thousand Government office region/country Number of children Percentage of UK total United Kingdom, 2000 North West 118.1 13.7 London 111.4 12.9 South East 105.6 12.2 West Midlands 82.4 9.5 Yorkshire and the Humber 80.5 9.3 East of England 69.9 8.1 South West 63.4 7.3 Wales 61.7 7.1 Scotland 55.6 6.4 East Midland 54.3 6.3 North East 44.0 5.1 Northern Ireland 16.6 1.9 United Kingdom 863.5 100
Labour Force Survey 2000