Sparsely Populated Areas

Treasury written question – answered on 2nd May 2006.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of households in Scotland and Wales in sparsely populated areas on the same definition as that already used for England; and if he willestimate the proportion in each case of households that (a) are second homes and (b) that have access to a car.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 2 May 2006

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for an estimate of the number of households in Scotland and Wales in sparsely populated areas on the same definition as that already undertaken for England; and an estimate of the proportion in each case of households that a) are second homes and b) that have access to a car. (66546)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is not responsible for the collection of data for Scotland. All enquiries for Scottish 2001 Census data should be directed to the General Register Office for Scotland.

Table A below shows the number household spaces within Wales that were recorded as either a second home or a holiday residence on Census day (29 April 2001). The data have been extracted from table KS16 on the CD accompaniment to the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004, which is available on request from 2001 Census Customer Services [census.customerservices@ons.gsi.gov.uk].

Table B below shows the number of households within Wales that had access to a car on Census day (29 April 2001). The data is an amalgamation of data extracted from table KS17 on the CD accompaniment to the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004.

Table A -- Wales
All household spaces
With no residents
Area With residents Vacant Second residence/holiday accommodation
Wales 1,209,048 51,252 15,516
Urban >10,000—Sparse 23,658 848 69
Town and Fringe—Sparse 43,686 2,475 2,942
Village—Sparse 64,063 3,344 4,663
Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling—Sparse 48,871 2,512 2,976
Urban >10,000—Less Sparse 754,490 30,399 1,878
Town and Fringe—Less Sparse 155,231 6,647 940
Village—Less Sparse 82,482 3,362 1,293
Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling—Less Sparse 36,567 1,665 755

Source:

Table KS16 in the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004

Table B -- Wales
All households
Number of households (number of cars or vans)
Area All households None One or more
Wales 1,209,048 313,797 895,251
Urban >10,000—Sparse 23,658 7,760 15,898
Town and Fringe—Sparse 43,686 12,311 31,375
Village—Sparse 64,063 10,351 53,712
Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling—Sparse 48,871 4,287 44,584
Urban >10,000—Less Sparse 754,490 221,915 532,575
Town and Fringe—Less Sparse 155,231 40,663 114,568
Village—Less Sparse 82,482 12,546 69,936
Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling—Less Sparse 36,567 3,964 32,603

Source :

Table KS17 in the Census 2001 Key Statistics for the rural and urban area classification 2004

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