UK: Number of Households — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 29th June 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Labour 2:52 pm, 29th June 2015

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the term “head of household” was dropped in relation to the electoral register many years ago because it was often interpreted as meaning men? Secondly, does she agree that in looking at the figures of people who were born overseas, it is important to distinguish the multifarious reasons why people are in that category? For example, until 30 years ago a British mother outside the EU was not able to pass on British citizenship unless the child was born in Britain, whereas a British father could. Can we not have a great deal more accuracy when we are looking at this issue?