§ John Thurso
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the average(a) household debt per annum and (b) household monthly income in each year since 1997, broken down by region. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to John Thurso, dated 19 April 2004:
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on average household debt per annum and monthly household income by region since 1997. (166071)
ONS does not compile regional estimates of household debt, or regional average monthly household income.
However, ONS does publish estimates annual regional gross disposable household income (GDHI) at current prices, per head of resident population as part of regional household accounts. GDHI is described under the European System of Accounts 1995 (ESA95). These estimates were last published on 26 March 2002 and are presented in the attached table. This data set runs from 1995 to 1999. The estimates are available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCE article.asp?ID = 128&Pos = 2&ColRank = 1&Rank = 224
ONS hope to publish regional household accounts up to 2002 by the end of 2004, subject to resolving issues of data availability at regional level.381W
Total annual gross disposable household income1 (GDHI) per head of resident population: UK regions, 1995–1999 Area 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 South East 14,562 15,425 16,431 17,395 17,844 South West 12,759 13,335 14,093 14,879 15,323 Wales 11,160 11,633 12,029 12,474 12,913 Scotland 12,395 12,876 13,434 14,064 14,910 Northern Ireland 10,743 11,009 11,671 12,174 12,792 1 Consistent with the 2001 National Accounts "Blue Book" 2 Excludes GDHI from the "extra regio" category which covers the contribution to GDHI from UK embassy staff and forces personnel stationed overseas. Source: Office for National Statistics