HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 cc152-3W
Bob Spink

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many lone parent workless households there were in each of the last three years; [145290]

(2) how many children in workless households there were in each of the last three years. [145291]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Bob Spink, dated 5 January 2004:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about lone parent workless households and children in workless households. (145290, 145291)

The attached table gives the information requested. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), for the three month period ending May of each year from 2001 to 2003.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to sampling error.

Workless lone parent households and children living in workless households1; United Kingdom
Thousands, not seasonally adjusted
Workless lone parent households with dependent children2 Children living in workless households3
Spring 2001 684 1,830
Spring 2002 703 1,889
Spring 2003 697 1,796
1 Households with at least one person of working age where no one is in employment. Figures have been adjusted to include estimates for households with unknown economic activity.
2 Children under 16 and those aged 16–18 in full-time education.
3 Children under 16.


These LFS estimates have not been adjusted to reflect the2001 Census results.


ONS Labour Force Survey

Total agricultural labour force
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
(a) Suffolk 11.8 12.2 11.2 11.2 11.6 10.8
(b) Norfolk 17.0 17.5 16.1 15.9 16.4 15.9
(c) Cambridge (including Peterborough) 9.7 9.8 9.2 9.1 9.3 9.2
(d) Essex (including Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea 11.4 11.6 10.9 10.6 10.8 10.4
(e) England 393.1 396.6 379.0 374.3 386.9 371.6


1. Figures prior to 2000 relate to main holdings only. From 2000 onwards data for all holdings are included.

2 Due to a register improvement exercise in 2001 labour figures prior to this are not directly comparable with later results.


June Agricultural Census