Treasury written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely population of the United Kingdom in (a) 2015, (b) 2030 and (c) 2050.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 January 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding what estimate has been made of the likely population of the United Kingdom in (a) 2015, (b) 2030 and (c) 2050. (181126)

The table below shows the projected total population of the United Kingdom for the years requested. The most recent national population projections, based on the population at the middle of 2006, were published by the Office for National Statistics on 23 October 2007.

Total population (Million)
2015 64.5
2030 70.8
2050 77.0

Projections are uncertain and become increasingly so the further they are carried forward. In addition to the principal (central) projection results given above, variant projections based on alternative assumptions are also published. Details are available at:


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Douglas White
Posted on 25 Jan 2008 1:23 pm (Report this annotation)

With a figure of 30million given as the best level of population for England, Government policy now condemns us to an overcrowded island incapable of independently sustaining itself.