This data is currently unavailable as the Census 2001 did not ask questions relating to sexual orientation or civil partnership since the latter was only introduced in 2005. The Census data for 2011 included same sex partner as an option for respondents to select when providing details about the relationship between members of a household. It also offers the following categories when respondents were asked to provide details on their marital status.
- Never married and never registered as a same sex civil partnership.
- In a registered civil partnership.
- Separated, but still legally in a same sex civil partnership.
- Formerly in a same sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved.
- Surviving partner from a same sex civil partnership.
As this data is published, we will make it available, where it does not compromise anonymity. It must be noted however that this data is limited in that it won’t give a true reflection of the population that are lesbian, gay or bi-sexual as it only asks about relationships in terms of same sex civil partnerships.
However, in the absence of data you can use a figure of 6% of the population being Gay or lesbian as this is the figure which was prepared by Treasury actuaries department when analysing the financial implications of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.