Housing Occupancy

Treasury written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what the (a) mean and (b) median number of (i) children and (ii) adults was in households where the household reference person was aged (A) 18 to 24, (B) 25 to 29, (C) 30 to 39, (D) 40 to 49, (E) 50 to 59, (F) 60 to 69 and (G) 70 and over in (1) 1985, (2) 1995 and (3) 2005;

(2) what the (a) mean and (b) median number of (i) children and (ii) adults was in households where the household reference person was aged (A) 18 to 24, (B) 25 to 29, (C) 30 to 39, (D) 40 to 49, (E) 50 to 59, (F) 60 to 69 and (G) 70 and over and where the household reference person reported their nationality as being from one of the 12 countries which acceded to the EU since 2004.

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 13 March 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking what the (a) mean and (b) median number of (i) children and (ii) adults in households where the household reference person (HRP) was aged (A) 18 to 24, (B) 25 to 29, (C) 30 to 39, (D) 40 to 49, (E) 50 to 59, (F) 60 to 69 and (G) 70 and over in (1) 1985, (2) 1995 and (3) 2005, and also your question asking for similar information for where the household reference person reported their nationality as being one of the 12 countries which acceded to the EU since 2004. (126071 and 126072)

The information requested on numbers of children and adults, separately, in each household, by the age of the household reference person is readily available for the year 2005, but not for 1995 and 1985. Figures for those earlier years could only be provided at disproportionate cost. To provide reliable information on accession countries, figures have been combined across the four quarters in which household information was collected in the Labour Force Survey in the period Autumn 2004 to Spring 2006. The figures are provided in the two tables below.

Mean household size by age group of household reference person (HRP) split by adults and dependent children( 1) , United Kingdom, 2005 and accession countries( 2)
All households HRP has accession( 2) nationality
Age group of HRP All Adults Children( 1) All Adults Children( 1)
18 to 24 2.4 2.0 0.5 2.9 2.8 0.1
25 to 29 2.4 1.8 0.6 3.1 2.8 0.4
30 to 39 2.9 1.8 1.1 3.3 2.5 0.8
40 to 49 3.0 2.0 1.0
50 to 59 2.4 2.1 0.3
60 to 69 1.9 1.8 0.0
70 and over 1.5 1.5 0.0
40 to 59 2.7 2.1 0.7 3.2 2.6 0.6
All ages 18 and over 2.4 1.8 0.5 3.0 2.6 0.4
'—' Sample number below 100

(1) A dependent child is aged under 16, or 16 to 18 and in full-time education.

(2) Accession countries since 2004 are Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia (1 May 2004) and Bulgaria and Romania (1 January 2007).

Note:

Numbers may not add due to rounding

Source:

All households LFS 2005 Household data set Spring and Autumn quarters. Accession countries, LFS Autumn 2004, Spring and Autumn 2005 and Spring 2006 Household data sets. All figures are population weighted.

Median numbers of people in households by age group of household reference person (HRP) adults and dependent children( 1) , United Kingdom, 2005 and accession countries( 2)
All households HRP has accession( 2) nationality
Age group of HRP All Adults Children( 1) All Adults Children( 1)
18 to 24 2 2 0 3 3 0
25 to 29 2 2 0 3 2 0
30 to 39 3 2 1 3 2 0
40 to 49 3 2 1
50 to 59 2 2 0
60 to 69 2 2 0
70 and over 1 1 0
40 to 59 3 2 0 3 2 0
All ages 18 and over 2 2 0 3 2 0
'—' Sample number below 100

(1) A dependent child is aged under 16, or 16 to 18 and in full-time education.

(2) Accession countries since 2004 are Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia (1 May 2004) and Bulgaria and Romania (1 January 2007).

Source:

All households LFS 2005 Household data set Spring and Autumn quarters. Accession countries, LFS Autumn 2004, Spring and Autumn 2005 and Spring 2006 Household data sets. All figures are population weighted.

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