HC Deb 19 June 2002 vol 387 cc390-1W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2002,Official Report, column 848W, to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Harris), he will state the equivalent figures for credit card (a) in total and (b) per head for each year since 1996. [62933]

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. Jim Cousins, dated 19 June 2002: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your parliamentary question on credit card debt which follows on from the answer given to Mr. Harris on 10 June in the Official Report 848W. (62933)

The information requested is given in the table below.

Amounts outstanding on credit cards at the end of June each year, the resident adult population at the mid point of each year and the ratio of credit card debt divided by adult population rounded to the nearest £10

outstanding on

credit cards



Credit card

debt divided

by adult

Mid year (£billion) (million) population (£)
1996 14.2 45.2 310
1997 16.8 45.4 370
1998 20.5 45.7 450
1999 29.5 45.9 640
2000 34.7 46.2 750
2001 39.2 46.5 840

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