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Young People: Television

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Office for National Statistics makes of the average number of hours per day spent by (a) boys and (b) girls on watching television.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=9326

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