§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households were without household insurance, broken down by region, expressed as(a) a percentage and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures 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 National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question about how many households were without insurance, by region, expressed as (a) a percentage and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest year in which figures are available. (30612)Estimates of households with neither contents nor structural insurance are shown in the table below. They are from the Family Expenditure Surveys of 1999–2000 and 2000–01, combined to improve the reliability of the regional breakdowns.Like all estimates from sample surveys these figures are subject to sampling variability.
Households without household insurance by Government office region and UK countries, 1999–2000 to 2000–01 Percentages and numbers Households without structural or contents insurance Percentage Number (thousand) London 33 1,540 Northern Ireland 30 330 North-east 29 580 North-west 23 1,440 Wales 22 630 Scotland 21 1,100 West Midlands 21 1,090 Yorkshire and the Humber 20 1,060 South-east 19 1,750 East Midlands 17 890 South-west 17 1,040 East 16 1,160
Office for National Statistics, Family Exoebdutyre Surveys 1999–2000 and 2000–01.