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Internet: North West

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) individuals and (b) households in (i) the North West, (ii) Warrington and (iii) Warrington North constituency, who do not use the internet.

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 September 2012

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of (a) individuals and (b) households in (i) the North West, (ii) Warrington and (iii) Warrington North constituency, who do not use the internet.

Estimates of Internet use by adults aged 16 years and over are published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics and are available on the Office for National Statistics website. These estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and have coverage of the United Kingdom (UK). The latest available estimate (in respect of Q2 2012) of the number of adults in the North West who have never used the Internet is 886,000. Estimates are not available for Warrington in isolation or the Warrington North constituency. However, the number of adults in the Halton and Warrington area who have never used the Internet is 31,000. Halton and Warrington is an area defined by the Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS), which is a hierarchical classification of administrative areas used across the European Union for statistical purposes.

Estimates of household Internet access are published on an annual basis by the Office for National Statistics and are also available on the Office for National Statistics website. These estimates are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, and are available by region, but for Great Britain only. The latest available estimate (in respect of 2012) of the number of households in the North West without Internet access is 693,000. It is not possible, from this survey, to produce reliable estimates of household Internet access at a small area level.

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