§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children were living in workless households,364W by region, expressed (a) as a percentage of population and (b) the total number, in descending order according to percentage figures in 2000 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Chris Ruane, dated 30 January 2002:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about children in workless households. (30608)The Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets provide estimates of the number and percentage of children living in workless households; that is, households that include at least one person of working age with no one in employment.The estimates for spring (March to May) 2000 are given in the table below.
Children1in workless households2,3by Government Office Region; spring (March to May 2000); not seasonally adjusted Per cent4 Thousand United Kingdom 16.0 1,867 London 23.7 353 North East 21.8 115 Northern Ireland 20.1 76 Wales 19.5 116 North West 18.4 261 Yorkshire and the Humber 18.0 178 Scotland 16.7 151 West Midlands 16.1 170 East Midlands 12.4 98 East 10.6 111 South West 10.5 96 South East 9.2 143 1Children refers to all children under 16. 2Households that include at least one person of working age (i.e. a man aged 16–64 or a woman aged 16–59) where no one is in employment. 3Not adjusted for households with unknown economic activity. 4Children in workless households as a percentage of all children in working-age households.
ONS Labour Force Survey