HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c62W
David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many(a) children and (b) elderly people are living in fuel poor households in the East Riding of Yorkshire. [154165]

Nigel Griffiths

The current published official estimates of fuel poverty are extrapolated from a sample survey of 175,000 dwellings and fuel poverty is defined as occurring when a household needs to spend more than 10 per cent. of its income including housing benefit and income support for mortgage interest on all fuels in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime.

The available information from the English House Condition Survey indicates that in 2001 there were an estimated 238,000 households affected in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

More detailed estimates for sub-regional areas are not available from this survey as the sample sized is not large enough to enable reliable detailed estimates at a more local level to be produced.

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