HC Deb 23 March 1981 vol 1 cc251-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of the population come from non-white ethnic groups in (a) England, (b) Manchester and (c) any other areas where the percentage is higher than in Manchester.

Sir George Young

The "National Dwelling and Housing Survey"—Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1980, Vol. II—a sample survey conducted in 1977 and 1978, gives estimates of the size of certain specified groups of the population. The percentages of the sample who classified themselves as belonging to West Indian, African, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani groups were as follows:

England 3 per cent.
Metropolitan district of Manchester 6 per cent

The NDHS did not sample all non-metropolitan districts intensively, so there are no comprehensive figures about the total number of such districts in which the comparable percentages might have exceeded those of Manchester. Sampling errors also mean that figures for particular areas cannot be precise and cannot therefore be ranked exactly; figures can only indicate orders of magnitude. The areas shown in the NDHS report as having 7 per cent. or more of their population belonging to the above-mentioned groups were as follows:

London boroughs Percentage
Brent 27
Ealing 20
Hackney 20
Newham 19
Lambeth 18
Haringey 16
Tower Hamlets 14
Wandsworth 13
Waltham Forest 11
Southwark 11
Hounslow 11
Hammersmith 11
Lewisham 11
Islington 8
Harrow 8
Croydon 7
Westminister 7
Metropolitan districts Percentage
Wolverhampton 14
Birmingham 11
Sandwell 9
Bradford 8
Coventry 7
Kirklees 7
Non-metropolitan district Percentage
Leicester 19