§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people had a limiting long standing illness or disability 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.361W
Letter from Len Cook to Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of people with a limiting long standing illness or disability by region expressed as (a) a percentage and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest year for which figures are available. (30581)The information requested is shown in the attached table.
Persons who reported limiting long standing illness by Government Office Region (a) percentages (b) numbers ranked in descending order Great Britain: 2000 Government office Region/County (a) Percentage reporting limiting long standing illness (b) Number reporting limiting long standing illness (000s) Weighted base (000s)=100% (total number of people in each region) North East 23 652 2,783 Merseyside 23 314 1,342 Yorkshire and the Humber 21 1,072 5,113 South West 21 1,022 4,925 Wales 20 584 2,908 North West 20 1,119 5,688 Scotland 19 971 4,999 East Midlands 18 664 3,754 West Midlands 17 891 5,161 East of England 17 858 5,129 London 16 1,143 7,121 South East 16 1,253 7,943 All England 18 8,987 48,960 Great Britain 19 10,542 56,866
Published data from the General Household Survey (Table 7.10 Living in Britain 2000).
Weighted bases shown here differ slightly from the published table because the published table includes two other measures of self-reported sickness. Bases for each measure differ because of the varying number of "no answers" to each measure. In these instances, the smallest base only is shown.
Percentages are based on data weighted to compensate for differential non response. The weighted figures give a grossed up population estimate.
Figures for Scotland and Wales are included in the ranked list, an overall figure for England is given separately.