The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2011:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question relating to average number of hours per day spent by (a) boys and (b) girls in watching television (38385).
In 2000, ONS conducted the UK Time Use Survey that aimed to measure the amount of time spent by the UK population on various activities. The survey showed that on average:
boys aged between 8 and 15 spent 134 minutes per day watching TV and an additional 6 minutes watching videos or dvds. girls aged between 8 and 15 spent 131 minutes per day watching TV and an additional 7 minutes watching videos or dvds.
In 2005 a further time use diary was collected on a much smaller scale, using a pre-coded diary as part of the NS Omnibus survey. This survey only asked questions to adults.
The Time-Use Survey, ONS.